The habit of reading books nurtures the capabilities and skills of the readers. Reading books permit the reader to explore the wide horizon of facts. However, books for children should be very carefully chosen. Fairy tales and adventurous books enthrall them a lot. Parents should always try to cultivate the reading habits in their children. They should try to understand the like and dislikes of their children and develop their reading habits. We are always guided by the notion that boys like adventurous books whereas; the girls like romantic or fairy tale books. Though to some extent this notion holds true, but story books enable all the children to wander in their fantasy world, be it adventure or fairy tale. There are various genres of books available these days to provide the readers the ultimate amusement. Reading books help to stir up the thoughts and imagination of the children. This in turn enables them to imbibe good moral values in them.
Are you the parent of a child with dyslexia or another type of learning disability? Are you concerned that your child is not making academic progress at the same rate as their peers? Have you heard of progress monitoring but would like to have more information on it? This article will be discussing progress monitoring to be used for all children including those receiving special education services.
What is progress monitoring? This is a scientifically research based practice that is used to keep track of student’s academic performance and also evaluate the effectiveness of the instruction? This method may be used with an entire class or individual students.
How does it work? The student’s or class’s academic performance is measured on a regular basis (weekly or monthly). Goals are written, and progress toward those goals, are measured by comparing expected and actual rates of learning. Based on these measurements, instruction is adjusted as needed to meet individual student’s needs.
What are the benefits to the students of a school district using this method:
1. Accelerated learning because students are receiving more appropriate instruction
2. More informed instructional decisions
3. Documentation of student progress for accountability purposes
4. More efficient communication with families and other professionals about students progress
5. Higher expectations for students by teachers
One thing I like about progress monitoring is that the instructional strategies are adapted, if the child is not making the expected progress. That is good for all children, including those receiving special education services.
The second thing that I like is the accountability portion. Special education personnel should be accountable for children’s learning.
A few tools are:
1. AIMSweb which is reliable for early literacy, math, reading, spelling and written expression. It is sensitive to student improvement in all areas except Math. Aimsweb improves students learning in early literacy, reading, spelling, and written expression. Has annual yearly benchmarks, and rates of improvement for all areas are specified.
2. DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) is reliable in all areas of written expression, initial sound fluency, nonsense word fluency, oral reading fluency, and phonemic fluency. It is sensitive to student improvement in all areas, has annual yearly benchmarks, improves student learning, and rates of improvement are specified.
Progress monitoring should be used on all children including those receiving special education services. Special education personnel must be held responsible for either teaching your child or not teaching your child. For more information on this subject, go to the website on Student Progress Monitoring at: www.KidsReadBetter.net. Bring up progress monitoring at your child’s next IEP meeting-for the benefit of your child’s education!
Early childhood generally encompasses the first eight years in the life of an individual. The education given during these years of a child’s life plays a very important role and helps in proper development of children. Early childhood education can be fundamentally termed as “Learning through play”. Recent research have shown that early eight years in any children life are crucial time because during this phase their brain develops and much of its ‘wiring’ is laid down. The education experiences and relationships a child has along with nutrition can actually affect child mental growth enormously. While good early childhood education helps the brain to develop in healthy ways, improper education or study without play on other hand may affect brain development in different manner. So the experiences and the learning of a child in early years can support them in their entire life.
Recent studies of early childhood education have even shown some remarkable success. It resulting effects on child motivation and learning power last for a long time. Today where education has become very important role to play in a society, it is not right to postpone investing in children education until they become adults, nor wait till they reach school age. In fact early childhood is a vital phase of life in terms of a child’s intellectual, emotional and social development. Besides this, the most important point to know is that the growth of mental abilities is at an astounding rate and high proportion of learning takes place during this period.
It is very important for every parent to understand that a child spends first eight years in realization of his or her own identity. These are very crucial years when children gain a sense of self and learn to associate themselves with the people around them. They develop an understanding and behavior to a certain extent. For this reason it is suggested that early childhood education during these years should be more focused on teaching children about the world around them through play and establish the links. Moreover, many child development experts also agree that play is very important in the learning and emotional development of children. A play can be multi-facet and often helps in educating different skills in children. In addition to this, education through play also helps them learn social skills, and develop values and ethics.
Certainly, today it won’t be wrong to say that early childhood education is the key element that helps in building a god foundation for child’s educational success. Every child learns habit and form patterns that are not easily changed in later years. If parents and educators can develop productive early education patterns for the children in their charge, those children will be on their way to achieving great educational success. The lack of parental interaction during early childhood can negatively impact a child’s development. Ultimately it is the equal responsibility of the parents and tutors to assure the children have a good early childhood education that can further help them develop their personalities.