I just found out that it’s picture book month, a time to pull out all those wonderful books and share a bit of your time. Some of my favorites are wordless, where the pictures guide your own imaginary story.
Alphabet books embellished with pictures are always an enjoyable way for our youngest pre-readers to spend a bit of quiet time.
You’ve made a list of the things your child will need for school from pencils and backpacks to sneakers and socks, and even their favorite snack to pack in their lunch. But wait, you may have forgotten the one item that could be a lifesaver. Yes, that’s right, I said life-saver…did you remember to buy the sunscreen?
Ongoing research about ultraviolet (UV) radiation and its effects on the skin show how sunscreens may play an increasingly important role in defending the skin.
Students in K-8 usually have recess or PE outdoors from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; one of the most intense and hottest times of the day. According to the American Cancer Society, one blistering sunburn in a child’s life could double a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life. However, sunscreen is only one item in the list of sun-safe precautions. Unfortunately, teaching sun-safe behavior is not universally recognized in every school. But parents and caregivers can take the lead.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends following these tips: • Dress children in sun-protective clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. • Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to exposed skin every morning. (check with your pediatrician or family health care provider for suggestions about sunscreen) • If permitted by your school, teach children to reapply sunscreen when going outdoors for recess. • Teach kids to look for shaded areas in which to play. • Protect yourself and lead by example.
For more resources and information, check out http://www.sunsafely.org. Educating children and teens is our first defense in helping prevent skin cancer later in life! Remember, sun protection should be on the top of your school list!
Sun Safely Alphabet Book available at Amazon children’s books.
A growing child needs a variety of foods to be strong and healthy; but they also require a varied reading diet to stimulate lifelong reading. A daily well- balanced reading diet may be designed using a menu with at least one serving of:
Fruits & Vegetables – Poetry
Soup – Current Events
Fish – Science/Nature
Meat – Biography/History
Dessert – Fiction
Milk – Sports/Hobbies
After-dinner mint – Comics
But what happens when reading does not go down as well as intended? Allow reading deficits to go on for too long and they can manifest into more than a dislike for reading. Not all readers are created equal but like the saying by Maimonides: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. The analogy is that offering reading strategies help readers become better readers.
So, if you want to help someone make sense of the world, give the gift of reading.