I keep a separate journal for many things including memorization. I like to have my journal’s focused and address through form and content the task at hand. For memorizing, I need to track progress, inspire contemplation, review, and remember what I’ve already written down to memorize.
There is an old maxim that everyone has at least one book inside them. I think sometimes that there may be one book for everyone and many books are locked up inside the heads of those like Rowling and King.
Do you have a book inside you? Do you want to write something, but you haven’t figured it out yet.
Sometimes you just need to dive in and get going.
Have you spent years planning, but getting past the blinking cursor feels impossible?
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We were studying for finals, or singing Disney songs at the top of our lungs, which is just part of the process if you think about it. I was probably showing off my superb ability to match both Aladdin’s and Jasmine’s voices in A Whole New World. Super cool.
Then we heard a scream. We live in mountain lion country, so our first thought was that one was in the house. So I did the most logical thing and charged down the hallway into the living room. You were close behind me, thinking I had lost my mind. I may have been going for the shotgun in retrospect, but some recollections are fuzzy. Continue reading “You, Me, and…”
I am a bibliophage, a devourer of books. Bibliophile is the more accepted term, but as a writer, finding the right word to fit the moment is something of an obsession.
To me, reading is like breathing in and writing is breathing out. They are natural parts of each other. I can always tell when I have writer’s block because my reading short circuits and vice versa.
One of the best pieces of advice came from an author who said the more books you have going, the more you will read. He was consistently reading seven to twelve books at time.
Last week we talked about five types of books that will help your children become better readers. They covered the basics from language to bed time. This week we get to cover five fun categories you might not have given much thought.
There is so much to manage as a parent. Aside from the basics of keeping a small person alive who has a knack for finding the one door you didn’t childproof, there are school, activities, meals, and down time to manage. All the research points to reading being a key influence in the mental strengthening of us and our kids, but most of the time we have no idea what books will make either of us grow. This is one way you can assess your child’s bookshelf and perhaps discover a few new gems to share. There will be books listed here, but it is not just a book list. It is a category list.
Many would have been readers were cut short by teachers who, out of desperation for student involvement or determination to maintain a tradition, insisted students stand up and read chunks of unwieldy text without context or an understanding of visual cues. This resulted in slow readers stumbling through sentences until everyone has forgotten the topic while swift readers are so busy thinking about how much better they could read the passage that they lose track of the content. Continue reading “How to Read Aloud: Physical Skills”