How to Raise a Confident Reader

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~ Dr. Seuss


Jumping into a good book is like taking your mind on an amazing expedition. Through
reading and writing, anything is possible. Creating worlds with talking animals, alternate universes, aliens, and more!

Unfortunately, not everyone has a natural taste for reading. Depending on a child’s learning style, reading and writing may feel more like a chore. As a parent, it is your job to convince them reading is fun! This may be difficult, but there are many ways to encourage a child to love reading.

How can we ignite a child’s passion for reading?


Read the Right Book


Choose or let your child pick a book that they can relate too. If they play sports, love camping or dancing, for example, find a book that encompasses those topics.
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Books are more enjoyable to read when you’re interested in the topic and want to know more.

Choose a book that is on your child’s reading level. Sometimes reading can be overwhelming when you don’t understand the words or is too long for them. A simple way to tell if a book is on your child’s reading level is by using the five finger rule. Read the first page, and have your child hold up a finger for every word they don’t know. If they don’t understand five or more words, they may not be ready to read that book yet. That is okay! Everyone learns at his or her own pace and overbook they read improves their reading level!

Read a variety of material – stories, poems, information books, newspaper articles, and comics for your child. Show them all the forms literature comes in. Maybe they would prefer to read short stories and poems instead of chapter books?

 

Create a Reading Space

Finding a quiet place to sit down and read a book is a great start a habit of settling down and focusing on reading. Create a calm and inviting environment where your child feels completely comfortable spending time with their favourite characters, and getting lost in a beautiful story. This should be a place where their imagination can run wild.

Lead by example! Make time for yourself to read a book as well. Go to your reading place and read your books silently together. This is also a great way for family bonding time.

My little bookcase has a wonderful list of reading space ideas here.

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Bring the Book to Life 

Try and plan ahead if the book is spooky and Halloween related, dress up in costume and read it by flashlight. If it about going to the beach, read it at the beach! By doing this, you’re bringing another element to the story. Visual and kinesthetic learners really connect when they feel physically involved.

Three vintage witches perform magic ritualWhen reading a story with dialogue change voices or share the reading by assigning a character to each reader.

Ask questions about what they are reading! How do they feel about the characters? What do you think will happen next? Can they relate to the characters? As your child becomes more familiar with books and reading, ask questions about the structure. Who is the protagonist? When you ask questions and discuss what they are reading it makes them think, and question what they just read helping their reading comprehension.

Many books now have apps and videos you can watch and play along with. For an introduction to book and reading, W5Go’s app on books and reading explains the many kinds of books and reading material available and when we use each one.


Library Dates

Set a day once or twice a month where you go to the library to find a new book. Make a date of it, grab a hot cocoa, and settle in for some family bonding time! Also, many libraries offer programs for kids or reading clubs your child can join!

Bringing a child to a library promotes being social and creates a sense of community. They can see a world of different books and can meet new people that also enjoy reading. The library community helps a child feel more comfortable with talking about what they are reading, expressing their thoughts, and feelings about a book. Joining a book club is a great way for a child to discuss and learn about how everyone views things differently.

Make it A Challenge 

Some children are really motivated by challenges and find it really fun to complete a task. So make a game out of it! How many books can they read over the summer?

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Make a chart counting the books they’ve read. According to SMART goals, people are more likely to achieve a goal, such as finishing a book, if they can physically see and track their progress. You can start off small such as a chapter every two weeks. By making it a challenge, a child can practice planning and setting goals to achieve them. It instills a habit of making time to read and set aside time to accomplish a goal.

Often libraries will release summer book series challenges, and there are plenty online to choose from. My KidsTime has a great list of summer books and challenges for kids here.

Be Creative!

While reading the book take time to draw, paint, act, or model scenes they have read. This helps children comprehend what they have read and will be able to retell the story to others. Use voices while reading aloud to make the book more interesting. Have your child create a voice and read along pretending to be the character.

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Try and find books that have movie adaptions or plays made about them. When they finish a book reward them with a trip to the theatre to watch the show together. Make a family date of it, grab a treat after, and discuss how the show compared to the book.

Come together with other parents to create a book club for your children. When they finish a book together, throw a themed party for the kids to talk about the story. Have fun with it!

Break the Rules!

Some rules are meant to be broken. Allow them to stay up a bit later to finish that chapter in a book. Read to them even if they can read on their own. Hearing others read helps with pronunciation. Let them move around while you read. For kinesthetic learners, this may help them listen and understand what the story is about. 

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Reading yields so many benefits for a growing mind, encouraging a child to read is like giving them the keys to the city. So go ahead give them the key and open the doors to possibilities! 

Books and Reading

W5Go’s Books and Reading app is an easy, fun way to introduce your child to the wonders of reading! Enjoy an exciting adventure in augmented & virtual reality, exploring the W5Go secret library, learning the who, what, where, when, and why’s of books!

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Talking to Children about Disabilities

Explaining to your child what a disability is can be quite challenging. It is a sensitive topic, you need to choose your words wisely and create an open dialogue with your child so they feel free to ask you anything. What you say in this conversation directly influences how your child will perceive others with disabilities. Here are seven things to keep in mind when you talk to your child about people with disabilities:

Children with disabilities are like all children, they have feelings they want friends, respect and to be included.
Life can be tough and everyone is trying to find themselves, especially children. They are easily impressionable and often wear their hearts on their sleeves. Words and actions can hurt, all children have the same wants to be included and respected. Teach your children to include all children including children with disabilities in conversation and games, they are no different than typical children and deserve not to be left out due to a disability.

354870-PAPUF2-370Children can be born disabled or become disabled from illnesses or an accident. You cannot catch a disability.
A person does not choose to be disabled something had happened that is out of their control.

Just because someone has a physical disability does not mean they also have a cognitive (thinking) disability.
There many many different types of disabilities each affecting the body in different ways. Some may just be physical meaning they bodies may have problems when moving, others can affect their brain making speaking, school work and thinking difficult for them and some disabilities can be a combination of both. Children with disabilities can do most of the things other children do, it may take more assistance and more time. Be patient and help them!

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Children with special needs are different and that’s not a bad thing.
Everybody is unique it is what makes us all so special in our own ways. If everyone was the same life would be pretty boring!

It’s okay to ask questions about disabilities. Knowledge is power!
Learning about different disabilities can help a child understand a personal situation better. Knowing how a disability can affect someone can allow you to help them more and be more empathic about situations.

Choose your words wisely   When talking to your child choose your words wisely. The way to describe children with disabilities will influence the words your child uses to also describe disabilities. Make sure they are accurate and sensitive. Teaching them the correct words like special needs, disabilities, or even the names of specific disabilities like autism and down syndrome.

Be a friend. The best thing you can be is a friend.

Sounds, Noise, and Hearing App for Children

 

 

Sound, Noise, and Hearing 

An interactive educational app for preschoolers, teaching them through fun animations, interactives, voice-overs and text what makes a healthy hearing system. 

What is Noise? 

Noise is any unwanted or disturbing sound, while sounds often surround us,  noises can annoy and even cause adverse health effects. Teaching children to identify the difference between sounds and noises, can help them learn when and how they can protect their ears. 

This app teaches children the importance of a healthy hearing system, the basics of how our hearing works, the difference between sound and noises.  What unpleasant noises and pleasant sounds are and how important it is to have a healthy hearing system. 

Though interactive animations, virtual reality explanation of sounds, and explainer videos, children can discover the who, what, where, when and whys of hearing. 

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What is W5Go?

Our goal is to create an extensive collection of immersive educational applications that are available to everyone. Throughout the applications, we aim to help children learn English, by teaching 20+ words in every application. The best way to learn a language is through immersion, we introduce English through voice-over, graphics, and text.   All of our applications are free to download, free from advertisements, no internet required and do not have any in-app purchases.


All of our episodes are geared towards children aged 4-12. With bright colors and graphics, we want children to learn English and simples concepts such as proper hygiene, through a fun interactive environment. We want to encourage children to use their imagination, explore and have fun while learning!

We believe that any topic can be taught to a child, by simply breaking it down into the five W’s (Who, What, Where, When and Why).  We want to encourage children to always ask the five W’s. When they question how things work and ask “why not” or “what if” they are continually learning and embracing creativity. In all of our episodes, we go through the five W’s and let the child guess what the answers could be before explaining.

Why AR/ VR Technology?

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W5Go focuses on creating virtual environments for children to learn, explore and use their imagination in the safety of their own home.  With so many advancements in technology is it essential for children to have an even balance of traditional learning and new mobile learning.

Our applications are VR (Virtual Reality), and AR (Augmented Reality) enabled. Since this technology is becoming such a large part of everyday life, experiencing this technology from a young age is very beneficial, and our applications are meant to complement a child’s traditional education. They feature augmented and virtual reality scenes that are fun, interactive and safe for children. They are based on anchored points and do not require a headset. Which means your child will not have to move around to experience it and will have full visibility at all times. 

What advantages does W5GO™ offer?

Resourcefulness – it is a properly researched selection of essential information on important topics for the upbringing of a child

Availability – the information and learning materials are readily available to the child on demand with the use of a Smartphone

Evolution – W5Go Project subscribes to the Wiki notion for collaborative development. Teachers and specialists in child education are invited to give us feedback and to contribute to the development of W5Go Project.

Currently, we have 14 applications available across several platforms. All are free to download, free from advertisements, no internet required and have no in-app purchases. Our vision is to create 100 episodes “Chapters” of W5Go so that children everywhere have the chance to learn English and experience AR/VR technology.

Have suggestions for future episodes, or would like to contribute to this good cause? Feel free to contact us at w5go.official@gmail.com 

 

 

Eat a Rainbow! Healthy Eating for Children

There is a reason why your mom always told you to eat your vegetables! The fruits and vegetables food group provide many of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to function properly. Fruits and veggies come in a variety of colors, each colour has its own unique vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and natural plant chemicals that give them their distinct colours. 

You can judge the number of nutrients on your plate just by looking at the colours. Making food that is very colourfull not only makes it more appealing for children but also more nutritional. 

Eat a Rainbow

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Red fruits and vegetables like strawberries and red peppers are coloured by a natural pigment called lycopene which is a strong antioxidant that can help reduce the risk of cancer and help to prevent heart disease.

Blue & Purple

Anthocyanin is what gives fruits and veggies their blue or purple colors. Delicious fruits and vegetables like eggplants, blueberries, and blackberries.  Anthocyanin has antioxidant properties that protect cells from damage and can help reduce the risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease.

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Orange &Yellow

Rich in vitamin C and carotenoids which give this group their vibrant colors. A well-known carotenoid called beta-carotene is found in sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and carrots. It’s converted to vitamin A, which helps maintain healthy cell development and healthy eyes.


Green

Greens are one of the healthiest foods we can eat. Green veggies contain a range of plant chemicals that are rich in lutein, isothiocyanates, isoflavones, and vitamin K – which is essential for blood and bone health. Leafy greens such as spinach and broccoli are excellent sources of folate a nutrient especially important for pregnant women to consume to help prevent congenital disabilities.

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W5Go Healthy Kids! 

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W5Go Health Seasons featuring lessons;

The Food Groups, Hygiene, The 5 Senses, and Mind & Exercise.   

For children 5-8 explore the many ways, we need to take care of our bodies. 
Through interactive scenes and games, your child will learn the 5W’s of maintaining a healthy body. Featuring four unique lessons; The Food Groups, The 5 Senses, Hygiene, and Mind & Body.  

The educational app is designed to enhance the following skills:
– Fine Motor Skills 
– Sorting and classifying
– Hand-eye coordination
– Concentration
– Visual perception
– Vocabulary 20+ Words every lesson 

 

Books & Reading App

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Explore the Who, What, Where, When and Why’s of reading! In this interactive mobile app, your child will learn all about all the different kinds of books and reading materials available. This app is designed for children aged 3-7 and is meant to compliment a child’s traditional education while sparking their imagination by asking the 5w’s.

Key Features:
Virtual Reality Library
Interactive Augmented Reality Storybook
Rhyming Game
Anagram Game
Fun Animations
20+ Words on screen & Voice over to learn 

VR Library

The W5Go library is full of wonderful books and books. Enter the secret W5Go library and find the magical book that will take you on an educational adventure!

The library features a stack of books to choose from, pick which story you want to learn. You can choose from storybooks, a book of rhymes, picture book and a non-fiction book. They explain what kind of book they are and then read an example of that kind of story.



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Choose where the story goes!

In this interactive augmented reality simulation, your child will be able to choose and place characters into a story to change the storyline! You choose the defender of the castle, the brave night or the ferocious dragon, and decide who will go save the castle!

AR_books2Play again and again to explore the many different ways a story can go.
Augmented reality works on any phone with a back facing camera. We believe that with technology changing so rapidly children should be gradually introduced to the newest thing. This way when they are adults they will have the general knowledge of how the technology works.



Rhymes
Rhymes are an excellent way for children to learn a language and build their vocabulary. Wordplay is often repetitive and catchy, which helps children easily recall a word or meaning. Rhymes help children learn phonetics, often rhymes repeat difficult sounds which in-turn helps improve their speech.

 


Picturebook. In this chapter, your child will have to place the images in order to make the story in the picture book. These activities help children understand time and processes. You need to plant the seed before you can water the flowers.
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Picturebooks play a large role in childhood development. They help a child comprehend what is being said in the story. It is an excellent way to hear, read and relate to new words. They are often repetitive and rhyme which helps children remember keywords and scenes.

Picturebooks are multi-sensory which stimulates the imagination. When they see the illustrations, smell and touch the pages, they become completely immersed in the story.

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Non-Fiction Books. 
This chapter defines what a non-fiction book is. Read along and learn some interesting facts about spiders, castles and more!

 

 

When do we read books?

Books have so many uses and can come in hand in so many different situations. This chapter shows children when and why we use certain types of books and reading material.

There are four sections in this chapter:

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Bedtime –
We read many different books at bedtime. This chapter features a short story book about rain. Click through the pages and watch the animations, read along with the voice over, learn pronunciation and spelling.

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Recipes – We read recipes when we want to cook something new. This section shows a simple way of making scrambled eggs.

 


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Newspapers-
We read newspapers to learn about the world around us. This chapter explains the many different sections newspapers have, sports, weather and news.


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School- We read many different kinds of books in school. This part has an anagram game, where children will learn to spell what they see. These

 

 

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Why Riddles are so Great for Childhood Development

 

Fun Lessons

Riddles are great for all ages! They teach us so many life lessons, words, wordplay, problem-solving and comprehension. Riddles are fun and easy to remember, often children share the riddles they hear, helping them become more social.

Improve Vocabulary

Riddles are usually told in a creative way with more advanced words. When kids want to share riddles, that’s after they understand the whole context. Riddles also encourage kids to ask about words they can’t understand yet.

Funny Word Play

You know how most kids are when it comes to funny things. Children tend to love slapstick comedy and childish jokes. To improve a child’s taste in humor, you can give creative riddles to them. Riddles can entertain a child and get his brain working at the same time.

Comprehension

Many kids can read at such a young age but can’t fully understand context. In order for a child to share riddles with other people, he must fully understand the riddle first. With great understanding comes great comprehension.

Problem Solving

Practicing riddles help children to think outside of the box. This becomes so useful when it comes to academic testing. Through riddles, children are able to practice creativity, logic, and comprehension. Taking these skills

Most tests in schools rely on creativity, logic, and comprehension. Riddles can improve a kid in all those areas. They can improve the critical thinking and problem-solving skills of a child.

Family Bonding Time

Working together to solve something is the best way to form a bond and relationship with each other. Taking the time to play with your child solving riddles and playing games helps children learn valuable knowledge and build self-esteem.

Building self-esteem is so important for children, having the ability to be confident in your choices and answers will help to benefit them throughout their life.

 

For more fun riddles, songs and apps head over to w5go.com 

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