The books a person reads as a child can have a huge influence and stay in their memory for years. Some of the best children’s books are timeless classics, while others are new favorites which are here to stay. Ranging from picture books to short chapter books, here are some of the best books in children’s literature:
- Where the Sidewalk Ends — This collection of children’s poems is goofy and lighthearted, but it also addresses the serious events of growing up.
- Harold and the Purple Crayon — The power of creativity is celebrated in this book about a little boy’s adventures
- The Story of Ferdinand — This classic picture book features charming illustrations and tells the tale of a bull who dislikes fighting and would rather sit and smell the flowers.
- Charlotte’s Web — This chapter book discusses serious topics, such as life, growing up, and making friends, while maintaining a sense of humor and fun
- Where the Wild Things Are — Fanciful illustrations tell the tale of a little boy who lets his inner wildness have free reign.
- Corduroy — This tale of a little bear searching for his missing button and someone to love him is truly heartwarming
- Green Eggs and Ham — Simple vocabulary makes this Dr. Seuss favorite a great choice for beginning readers
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone— This book tells the tale of an orphan boy who goes to a magical school and discovers the importance of bravery and friendship.
- The Wind in the Willows — This fun chapter book tells the story of four animal’s adventures in the English countryside.
- The Giving Tree — Themes of friendship and generosity are discussed through the story of a boy’s friendship with a tree.
- Matilda — This goofy novel describes the adventures of precocious and intelligent Matilda, a girl who loves to read.
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day — This picture book is a humorous look at what happens when one little boy has an unpleasant day.
The classroom presents a host of challenges for a child with ADHD. Sitting still and listening quietly can be difficult, especially in an environment full of distractions ranging from other students to colorful décor to unfamiliar noises. It is important to communicate frankly and frequently with your child’s teacher so you can make a plan that works for everyone involved.
- Children with ADHD need structure. Knowing what to expect each day can help them to curb some of their impulsivity and restlessness. Write down schedules and keep them where your child can reference them frequently and cross off each item as it is accomplished.
- Provide clear expectations and a system for evaluating their performance. Do not overwhelm them with a long list of rules. Choose one or two behaviors to focus on and create specific, measurable goals that can be assessed daily. Offer positive reinforcement in the form of stickers, privileges, small prizes or other rewards when goals are met.
- Break homework and projects into small, manageable chunks. ADHD children can become easily distracted as well as easily discouraged. Help them to maintain their focus and motivation by breaking larger assignments into smaller tasks with frequent breaks. Use breaks to encourage movement, which can help them to expel excess energy and stay focused.
- Write down important information. Use the same notebook or planner for every assignment. Include specific information needed to complete the assignment, when it is due and how it should be turned in. Checklists can remind students of important but often overlooked details such as putting their name on the page and checking their work.
- Stay Organized. Before school starts, buy supplies to organize their homework, their backpack and their work area at home. Help your child to develop their own organizational skills by reviewing their homework journal, sorting through their backpack and tidying their workspace together every single day.
Children develop in different ways, and some of them have difficulties when it comes to mastering basic speech and language skills. They may have trouble pronouncing certain sounds, maintaining a normal flow of speech, or making their voices resonate. Speech therapists can help children overcome all of these disorders and speak in a more articulate manner.
Types of Speech Disorders
There are several types of speech disorders, including:
- articulation disorders
- fluency disorders
- voice or resonance disorders
- language disorders
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is an impulse-control disorder that is a commonly diagnosed among children. In fact, it is so common that some clinicians believe it is grossly overly diagnosed for the benefit of pharmaceutical companies. At the same time, parents frequently like having a diagnosis, even though it might be wrong, because it helps them understand the misbehavior of their child. Yet, for these reasons and more, ADHD is the most frequently diagnosed childhood mental illness. Continue reading
For children who exhibit antisocial behavior, life can be very challenging. Likely, their lives have been difficult for a while, and not just for them, but also for the parents, teachers, and guardians around them.
Of course, all children will demonstrate behavior that is to some degree “anti-social”. Part of their learning, growing, and developing is becoming familiar with social norms and managing their behavior well enough to follow those norms.
Essentially, the socialization of children happens from age 4 to age 11. According to Erik Erikson, a well-respected developmental psychologist, children progress through eight stages, faced with a challenge in each stage. The first two developmental stages – trust versus mistrust and autonomy versus doubt – take place during infancy and have to do with a child’s relationship with his or her environment and primary caregiver. Continue reading
Children can have a difficult time with the intellectual and social demands of school. At times homework and tests might be more than what their growing brains can handle. At other times, they just might not speak the language of algebra or geometry or poetry. And personal problems, such as a loss of a friend, can interfere with a child’s ability to do well at school. Continue reading