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Reading for The Future

Nothing can replace the smell and feel of an old fashioned book.

However, embracing the digital page has its benefits, especially for tech-savvy children.

While it is important that they know how to navigate an index or read a table of contents and locate a real page, an enormous amount of knowledge can be gained via online media.

In a world where disposable is more often the norm, it’s reassuring to know that the advantage of acquiring knowledge, whether it be on page or on screen, is something that can’t be thrown away.

Children who read are introduced to other cultures, exposed to new vocabulary and can delve deeper into the world of environmental sciences for a better appreciation of all things natural.

If you have any readers in your home, introduce them to quality links like the ones below for hours of reading and related entertainment. Tons of free resources, including various genres, activities, audiobooks, author details and cultural information for a wide audience range is available at The Children’s Book Review. Check their featured categories, including science and ecology, for books, activities and other reading materials on scientific and environmentally friendly themes.

It is also great to offer related activities based around reading preferences to enhance comprehension. If your reader is into exploration, check out this free science video compilation for a huge index of videos revolving around the world of science. Though the site is geared toward kids, adults may find themselves navigating to learn more, too.

Look at the Pioneer Woman Homeschooling tutorial for instructions on how to make a homemade book out of recycled materials. Kids can write, illustrate and tote around their own portable written collection or give them out as special gifts.

In addition to providing resources, also stress the importance of keeping books in good condition to children. The art of literature and book making should be appreciated, even in a world of endless media sources. While you want to keep classics, favorites and provide as many articles for printed words as children can take in, consider donating appropriate books, magazines and other reading materials that are lying around and won’t likely won’t be read again.

Libraries, schools, shelters and local book stores usually welcome used books in good condition. Think about working with an organization in need to have a book sale if you know a lot of people who would like to find a new home for books. Also, people with children often favor to receive books instead of another plastic toy or stuffed animal.

By setting surplus books free to travel, children will learn about reusing as well as the joy in passing on an item so it can be cherished by someone else.

Encouraging reading and helping build a literary repertoire are non-disposable gifts that will last a lifetime.

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