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Top Three ways to change a child’s future

I’m an advocate for reading. Reading to me opens the doors to an education every child should be able to access. Without basic literacy skills your child will fall behind. They will struggle at school and in their future years.

We need to invest time and effort into helping our children learn and grow.

So my top three pieces of advice to make this happen is:

  1. Turn off the electronic devices. Yes that includes your phone, tablet and computer. Sit down beside your child with a real book, and read the book together. At first it will be you doing the reading, but as your child grows in confidence, they will join in. Then one day they will read to you. Trust me that is the day you reap the reward for turning off the devices and reading together.

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2. Model Reading. So yet again I’m asking step away from the electronic, and pick up a magazine, a newspaper a book – something real and tangible. Pick it up and be caught reading by your child. You don’t have to be reading for long, your child will gravitate towards you if you’re sitting still reading. They might climb up beside you, or onto your lap. Make it time for the both of you to be together.

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3. Walk the Talk. Talk about what you’re reading, and ask what they might like to read. Open up the conversation and talk about different genres, about fiction and non fiction. If you need help, talk to a Teacher, Librarian, neighbour, friend – anyone who is a passionate reader. Trust me they will help. Or drop me a line and I can help, I’ve been where you are, and my own child is now a passionate, active reader.

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We make a difference in a child’s life when we open the doors to reading – it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

 

R.I.P. Stan Lee 1922 – 2018 ~ Excelsior!

I was extremely saddened to hear of Mr Lee’s death is morning. He brought to life so many of my favourite characters. He will be missed – Excelsior!

By Hook Or By Book

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I’m just somebody who tries to write things that entertain people. And if I can do it in a way that makes them prefer to emulate the good guy than the bad guy, I’m happy.

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The mature student encounters the wonders of library services

We need to get to a place whereby the library is seen as a hub for developing information literacy skills, conducting research, and accessing all of the online tools, software and databases that support us all to learn, discover, and excel.
This should be our vision statement for the Information Profession. Another great post from Information Literacy Spaces.

The mature student encounters the wonders of library services

We need to get to a place whereby the library is seen as a hub for developing information literacy skills, conducting research, and accessing all of the online tools, software and databases that support us all to learn, discover, and excel.
This should be our vision statement for the Information Profession.

The mature student encounters the wonders of library services

Indigenous spaces in library places

A really important toolkit produced by the State Library of NSW for building a vibrant public library network inclusive of Indigenous peoples and communities.

Acknowledging CTE As A Serious Illness With Luke Cage And His Superhero Identity

Using comics to inform folk of CTE. Another great post.

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Superheroes are relatable because they struggle with their health. Whether it’s a physical or mental disorder, some characters find it hard to come to terms with what they’re experiencing. A disorder that needs to be talked about more is chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This illness is associated with head trauma and causes aggression, memory loss, depression and dementia.

CTE is a disorder that affects athletes and soldiers because of their exposure to high impacts. Luke Cage was diagnosed with CTE and he struggled to accept it. I’m examining the nature of CTE and how Luke’s diagnosis helped to shine a light on a disease that needs to be taken seriously.

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