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24Jun2016

For readers, the fact that stories can change a person is nothing new. But a new study shows that reading a story book can bring real change in the brain, which persist for a few days even after the book ends.

Stories help shape our lives, and sometimes help define a person. We want to understand how they enter our brain, and we are able to do with it.

While other research in this area began to use MRI to identify brain networks associated with reading, especially as people read, the natural effects of the story remain in the brain after this activity.

Researchers do not yet know how to say how far these changes can go, but they have persisted for at least the first five days after the reading, analyzed in this study. “The fact that these effects detected a few days after reading a novel randomly suggests that favorite novels of a person can trigger more intense and lasting effects,” says the researcher.

Importance of Reading

Reading is a powerful habit that makes us know worlds and ideas. Discover the importance of reading for all ages!

Today, reading a picture book does not mean read text and image is this and more. You enjoy the format, use the framework, the relationship between the cover and the guards and its contents, the text of poetry conjunction with the poetry of design….

The child, who has nothing silly, give attention to all this spontaneously, you perceive around the world from the images. On a daily basis, if you try to read a story with your children, does not work. They want anyway follow the narrative with the illustration that exists on every page… As time passes, however, the small grow up and lose this direct communication with the visual world. “Overall, we are encouraged to read only the text, focus on it … The picture book is to develop our visual education that is very precarious.

To transform the idea, the concept into something real, illustrated book feeds the fantasy, enhancing its must-read paper since childhood. For one simple reason: “Imagination is a component of intelligence and creativity,”.

One of the qualities of the picture book (or book image) is thus to train the eye of the player so that he understands all the artistic subtleties of the work at hand. About six years now, including the production of this type of work is so complex that its creator no longer recognized only as an illustrator, but author a full work (sometimes with text, sometimes with only images) by leading publishers in the country. It is a niche market that continues to grow, by the way. It’s a time of great trial, approach to the visual arts in its production, – confirms BlueBerry Illustrations, a children book illustrtor company, having a team of artists and teachers.

The illustrated book is an opportunity to take home a sophisticated art that encourages the education, something important not only for the child but also for parents.

24Jun2016

As all teachers, moms, and caretakers know, young children love to move about when discovering and learning new concepts. As a warm up review for sequential order of the alphabet, play a “Follow the Leader /Let’s get going ABC Jive”. The teacher-leader begins by reciting and moving to the sequential order of the letters. Children call out the letter and follow the movement.

Is it time for your extended family and friends to gather for a holiday party or backyard barbeque? This is a perfect time for your young child who is learning their letters and sounds to help with the party list. Have an adult to write all letters of the ABCs on a couple of sheets of construction paper and list letters alphabetically. With your young learner, have them name as many family members as they can think of who usually come to family celebrations. With the Alphabet in full view and letters printed in square-like spaces, your beginner reader will recall a family member by name and, then, your little one will sound out their name and will place that name under the square indicating the beginning sound of the family member who is coming. If squares are large enough, your child could draw a picture of –say- “Aunt Martha” with the big, huge earrings! Save their creative drawings to share at other family parties and do not forget to put dates on the large family chart. The adults will remember the events and will cherish all of the sweet memories, the fun, and the creative talent of yesteryear.

24Jun2016

Inspiration for writing can be found everywhere. My inspiration is my faith. Observing everyday people and nature is a rich resource for writing as well. I often ask myself the question what if? And I let my imagination fill in the blanks. The stories tend to flow pretty quickly. A good software program like storyteller helps when writers block rears its ugly head. Persistence is key.