Feb 06

A Few Quick Facts About Reading And Child Development

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Reading to children activates the brain in ways that promote brain development.

 

  • Children ages 3-10 have three times as many synapses as an adult; 50 trillion at birth and 100 trillion at 1 year, and repetition helps decide which connections are kept and which are pruned. Reading provides repetition of the alphabet, and site words, literally building a path for literacy and learning.
  • Babies learn what is important to pay attention to by following the eye gaze of adults. Watching someone read books teaches infants that interaction around books is enjoyable and develops “print motivation”, an enjoyment of books and reading.
  • Stanford and Harvard studies show that after just 8 weeks of targeted practice, weak readers developed the brain activity patterns that resemble those of strong readers.
  • Babies whose parents frequently talk and read to them know 300 more words by age 2 than babies whose parents rarely speak to them.
  • Even reading children a simple nursery rhyme can help a baby’s brain begin to make sound differentiations and create phonemic awareness, an essential building block for reading readiness.
  • Children ages 3-10 have three times as many synapses as an adult; 50 trillion at birth and 100 trillion at 1 year, and repetition helps decide which connections are kept and which are pruned. Reading provides repetition of the alphabet, and site words, literally building a path for literacy and learning.
  • Reading aloud to children helps stimulate brain development, yet only 50% of infants & toddlers are routinely read to by their parents.

 

 

 

 

Jan 30

Wigu Publishing Releases Newest Title: When I Grow Up I Want To Be…a Nurse!

 

nurse photoWhen Amber gets injured on the soccer field, she is forced to confront the fears shared by many children—fears of blood, hospitals, and abandonment. During her treatment, Amber encounters nurses who help her overcome her fears. By discovering the good work nurses do, Amber realizes that not only can she return to the soccer field, but she can also turn to the field of nursing when she grows up—something she never thought she could do!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REVIEWS

“A timely and important read. This book provides an engaging primer on the importance of nursing, a growing profession in need of attracting passionate and qualified youth.” —Hank Cardello, Author of Stuffed, Senior Fellow and Director, the Hudson Institute

“An inspiring and delightful story of young girl’s quest, changing conflict and fear into understanding and aspiration.” —M.B. Vanbruger, MLIS, Librarian, Child Literacy Advocate, Los Angeles County, CA

“I loved this story, and so did my grand children. Now they understand what I did and why I did it. Reading this book confirms I made the right life choice to be a nurse.” —Cynthia Nelson, MS, BSN, RN, (retired), Chicago, IL

“This engaging book can help to provide important information to boys and girls who are thinking about being of service to others in the very rewarding profession of nursing.” —Gretchen Drinkard, Assistant Dean, Barnes-Jewish College School of Nursing, St. Louis, MO

“A book every child should have. A totally enjoyable read that will help alleviate any child’s natural fears of the hospitals. This story is superb and touching.” —Kevin Charles Smith, author of the Bilge Rat Pirate Adventure Series

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 18

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights leader that had a clear vision to end segregation in America during the 1950s.  Today, we honor a brave man who worked to achieve his dream of creating equality between all men and women.  Martin Luther King was a once in a lifetime type of person.  We may never again see such bravery.

Below are a few of his most memorable quotes.

 

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“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'”

 “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

 

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.”

 

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

 

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort but where he stands at times of challenge and discovery.”
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Thank you for making the world a better place Martin Luther King Jr.!

Jan 13

Young Children’s Interest In Reading Relates To Behavior

-4Wigu Publishing takes pride in creating educational books for children that have the ability to impact their lives in a positive manner.  We are constantly coming up with new titles because we know that every child has a role model and our goal is to provide educational information about their role model.  We realize that reading is not just about enjoyment, reading has the potential to open up the mind and even affect behavior.

To view our new releases click HERE

 

 

 

The study below was supported by Kontos Fellowship from the Center for Families at Purdue, and Dobbs-Oates collaborated with Alison E. Baroody, a doctoral student in the Department of Child Development and Family Studies.

 

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Preschoolers who enjoy spending time with a good book are more likely to behave better in the classroom, according to research from Purdue University.

“A child’s interest in literacy can tell us a lot about that child’s behavior,” said Jennifer Dobbs-Oates, an assistant professor of developmental studies. “We found that the child who is interested in literacy-related activities is more likely to show positive, adaptive behavior than negative, disruptive kinds of behavior.

“We also found that girls were more interested in books compared to boys, and girls also were more likely to be better behaved. This study is a reminder that adults should encourage young children to spend time with books, especially books that appeal to individual children. A child’s interest and level of enjoyment is key to this connection, but we also need to learn more about the cause and effect of this relationship.”

The findings of this study, which focused on 61 predominantly low-income preschoolers ages 3-5, are published in the April edition of Early Child Development and Care.-3

Dobbs-Oates said there is little research in this area because interest in literacy activities is difficult to measure at such a young age. Most children this young aren’t particularly reliable reporters of their own interests. Instead, the study asked parents about how often children seek out literacy-related activities and how much they seem to enjoy these activities.

The gender difference found in this study is consistent with other aspects of child development, Dobbs-Oates said. For example, girls typically develop verbal skills more quickly than do boys. However, Dobbs-Oates said that more work needs to be done in this area because there are signs that children’s literacy interest may be influenced by the choices adults make.

“One thing we need to examine more closely is whether our book choices for children are gendered,” she said. “Often the books available in preschool classrooms and at homes are fairy tales and similar stories, and research suggests that little boys aren’t drawn to these story formats as much as to non-fiction books on topics such as baseball, trains or rocks. Frankly, there aren’t as many of these books out there and parents or teachers aren’t as likely to choose them. We may be putting boys at a disadvantage by not providing a variety of books that would typically appeal to them. This makes it critical to keep the child’s individual interests in mind when visiting a library or stocking a bookshelf.”

The study’s findings were determined by comparing how parents rated children’s literacy interests to teachers’ reports of that child’s behavior. Literacy interest was measured based on the parents’ report of a child’s interest and enjoyment in looking at books or being read to by someone else.

A child’s behavior was evaluated using two common teacher questionnaires that noted characteristics including aggression, positive actions, self-control when frustrated, social skills and attention problems. The children who were rated by teachers as being aggressive were rated by their parents as being less interested in reading related activities. The children who were rated by their teachers for strong and positive social skills also were rated by their parents as being more interested in reading related activities.

“It’s like a three-legged stool – learning and behavior aren’t enough, you also need to incorporate a child’s interests and motivation,” she said. “This is the gateway to learning because strengthening language and literacy skills comes before reading independently.”

Another reason why literacy interest and behavior are connected is because books can provide a foundation of social skills for children to interact with peers and adults.

“If you are good at social skills, then you probably have good language skills, and that is going to relate to how much someone enjoys reading,” said Dobbs-Oates, who also is looking at how parents’ expectations and beliefs for their children relate to literacy and behavior.

Parental expectations regarding a student’s grade completion and performance also played a role in this study. Parents who expected their child to maintain a higher grade average also reported their child had a strong interest in reading. A relationship was not found for parents’ expectations about how far a child will continue his or her education.

“These expectations could be influenced by how much schooling the individual parents completed, but this is really the first time the relationship between parents’ expectations and preschool children’s interests in literacy activities have been evaluated so there is opportunity for further study,” Dobbs-Oates said.

This study was supported a Kontos Fellowship from the Center for Families at Purdue, and Dobbs-Oates collaborated with Alison E. Baroody, a doctoral student in the Department of Child Development and Family Studies.

Jan 05

Educational Tablet Apps For Kids

Lets face it, it’s 2015 and kids as young as five or six have IPads and tablets.  Obviously parents don’t want their children playing games all day long, so here are a few educational apps.

 Tinybop: The Human Body

This is like a simplified google earth for the human body. You can zoom into the different systems of the body, the heart and circulatory system has a beating heart that you can view inside and out and watch the blood cells travel around. When you click on the little jogging legs to do some exercise you can see the heart beating faster. Theres the skeleton you can piece together, the lungs, nervous system with the senses. A stomach that you can watch digesting the food you fed it through the mouth. Nice. They also have one about plants, and homes around the world too.

 

 Nighty Night

In Nighty Night all the farmyard animals want to go asleep. When you touch the cow it moos or the chicken clucks and lays an egg, when you turn off the light they close their eyes and gently go asleep. This is part of the the going to bed ritual of a number of friend’s children alongside storytime. A hugely popular app with downloads in the millions, it’s beautifully illustrated and animated by Heidi Wittlinger. They have since updated it with a circus version with giggley circus fleas and a juggling snake.

 

Franklin Frog

Nosy Crow are one of the UK’s best known app makers, with lots of well made apps. This is perhaps my favorite of theirs. This is part of their “rounds” series which each follow the life cycle of animals, it follows the life cycle of a frog, we watch the frogspawn grow and turn into tadpoles who avoid getting eaten and feed and grow legs and grow into a frog. Theres also one about a penguin. Very nice simple graphics, smooth satisfying interaction and very educational. As with all Nosy Crow apps the text lights up as it is being read aloud to aid reading, a great feature.

 

 

Sago Sago Forest Flyer

Fly around a beautifully illustrated world with a little bird. Pop balloons, meet other animals, eat cupcakes and play hide and seek. There are two versions, one in summer with a summer picnic, the winter one you can give wooly hats to friends and turn on Christmas lights. It is simple and quite short but beautifully made and illustrated with simple toys and activities to explore that toddlers will enjoy and want to do again and again. There are around a dozen other Sago Sago titles.

 

Endless ABC

A simple but very clever app to teach letters, phonics and spelling all in one. The letters of a word are shuffled by a mob of unruly monsters and need to be re-assembled, as you lift each letter it says its name A says “a-a-a-a-a” as it is lifted into place. When the word is reassembled all the letters rejoice and the word is explained in a short, entertaining animation. ALARM has a monster being woken up from sleep only to right back to sleep again. BELLOW has a monster shouting at another monster. It makes learning letters and words fun and utilities the audio-visual possibilities of apps in the best possible ways. Language apps which can use interaction and crucially audio in this way have such a huge advantage over traditional language textbooks.

 

Just because your child has an IPad or tablet, does not mean all they have to do is play thoughtless games.  There is a  wide variety of educational and thought provoking apps.

 

Dec 31

New Years Eve For Children!

Wigu Publishing would like to wish you a very Happy New Years!  2014 was a year filled with both disastrous and wonderful moments!  The important thing is that we are all alive and healthy!  For children (and adults), 2015 is a chance to set new goals and dream big.

 

This New Years provides an opportunity to celebrate all of the good times in 2014, while looking ahead to an exciting 2015.

 

Below are a few New Years Eve ideas!  Thanks to About Parenting.

 

 

1.  Mock Countdown

If the kids at your celebration are too young to stay up until midnight, you can have a mock countdown at a more suitable time. Simply change the clocks so that they will strike 12 when it is actually only 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. Hand out noise makers, party hats and confetti to toss when the countdown ends. This is a great way for kids to be a part of the celebration, but still get to bed on time.

2.  Balloon Fun

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Maybe you can’t have a ball drop in your own home, but you can have a bunch of balloons drop as you ring in the New Year. You can use a balloon drop kit, or make your own by filling some netting or a plastic tablecloth with inflated balloons (don’t use helium to inflate). Tape the balloon-filled net to the ceiling in the party room and release them when guests reach the end of their midnight countdown.

3.  Warm Cocoa Toast

Kids want to be a part of the New Year’s Eve toast, too. Why not let them indulge with a fancy champagne flute or wine glass – made of plastic and filled with non-alcoholic drinks, of course. You can pour ginger ale, a kid-friendly punch or even milk into their fancy beverage cups, but my favorite is warm cocoa (hot cocoa that has been allowed to cool just a bit), topped with marshmallows.

4.  Slumber Party

New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to throw a slumber party. Guests can gather in their jammies and ring in the New Year from their sleeping bags, or even from a tent pitched on the living room floor.

 

 

 

Wigu Publishing has a lot of exciting new addtitions for 2015.  We will keep you informed!

Dec 24

Christmas Eve Traditions

 

 

For children around the world, there is no evening quite as magical as Christmas Eve.  Due to excitement, most children can barley sleep the night before Christmas.  Christmas Eve is a lovely time for family traditions that are guaranteed to make the night before Christmas as special as possible.

 

Below are a few Christmas Eve Traditions…Thanks to Netmum.com

 

Track Santa

Through the day and evening, track Santa’s progress on Norad – a great way to build up the anticipation of his arrival to epic proportions as you watch him make his way around the world delivering presents on Christmas Eve – on his way to your house!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You can’t go to bed without hanging up the stockings. Hang them on the mantlepiece or perhaps even at the end of the bed (although this does require Santa to be a bit more stealthy as he fills them later on!).

Many stick to tradition of including a satsuma and a small coin at the end of each stocking (harking back to their own childhood stocking gifts!)

 

 

 

 

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Make your home smell like Christmas to add to the festive mood. Use scented candles or toss a handful of spices onto the fire to bring out a Christmassy scent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Everyone knows that Santa needs food and drink to help keep his strength up on his busy night – so put out a little glass of something he likes and a mince pie and don’t forget milk and carrots for Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Light some candles, put on the tree lights and curl up with a Christmas story with the children. Many do this after baths and before hanging the stockings to create a wonderfully calm end to the day. You could read the nativity story or The Night Before Christmas or any other festive story you choose.

 

 

 

 

 

If your Christmas Eve is packed with fun activities, your children might be tired enough to actually sleep! 🙂

 

 

 

Dec 18

All Titles Will Be Available In Spanish…Starting January 2015

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We are excited to announce Cuando Crezca Quiero Ser…(When I Grow Up I Want To Be…) Yes, all of our existing titles, as well as all future titles, will be available in Spanish language beginning January 2015.

“A record 37.6 million persons ages 5 years and older speak Spanish at home”, according to an analysis of American Community Survey by the Pew Research Center.

Spanish is by far the most spoken non-English language in the U.S.

Wigu Publishing takes pride in equality and the chance to provide different nationalities the opportunity to be educated.

We have other exciting news in the near future, so stay tuned!

Dec 15

Bring Your Family Closer With Holiday Traditions!

 

Forming holiday traditions with your family can leave lasting impressions with your children, which they may someday share with their own family.  It can often seem like the Christmas holiday is only about giving and receiving gifts, but it can be an opportunity to teach our children generosity and the importance of a strong family bond.

 

Below are a few holiday traditions from different families around the country. (Thanks to the Imagination tree)

 

 

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