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Reading—and Parenting Book Clubs

Reading can empower people of all ages. And, parents who launch or participate in a book club can find it beneficial and invigorating! Discover why.

ADVANTAGES OF READING

“The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.” ~ Voltaire

The advantages of reading are manifold.

They include information, insight, connectivity, perspective, literacy, and a love of learning. And, that’s just the beginning. Moreover, the best part is that words need not be contained! They have a life of their own once people start to think, converse, collaborate, and create. Research shows that reading stimulates neural connections; enhances vocabulary, writing, and communication skills; and stimulates learning—kindling knowledge, curiosity, creative expression, and progress.

“Parents and teachers can encourage children to write and also to read; to find enlightening material, including audio books and podcasts; to share literary experiences; to record their reflective journeys in journals; and to reflect upon and discuss the different kinds of messages that words convey. The end result? Children develop meaningful understandings and learn to be discerning.” ~ ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids, p. 74

The best way for adults to teach children the value of reading is to demonstrate that it is integral to daily life.

PARENTING—AND THE POWER OF BOOKS

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.” ~ John Locke

When parents (and educators) read books and reflect upon them—and engage in lively and helpful conversations about child development and related matters—they discover ways to strengthen parenting and teaching practices. Thought is a forerunner to dialogue, which is foundational for building support networks, making alliances, considering different points of view, integrating perspectives, and staying connected. These, in turn, are all-important as parents strive to support and encourage children’s learning and well-being.

Dr. Joanne Foster

Dr. Joanne Foster, an acclaimed author and educator, has dedicated over 35 years to gifted education and child development. With expertise in psychology and special education, her work empowers parents and educators, fostering creativity and high-level learning in children and teens.

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24 Creativity Tips

24 Creativity Tips

Dr. Joanne Foster shares 24 tips for nurturing children’s creativity, emphasizing the importance of curiosity, support, and the joy of imaginative exploration.

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Heartfelt Thoughts

Explore the profound connections between the heart’s physical and emotional roles, highlighting the importance of kindness, family bonds, and emotional well-being in children’s lives.

Creative Inclinations

Creative Inclinations

Creativity doesn’t demand grand gestures; it begins with small steps—one word, one note, one brush stroke. Dr. Joanne Foster demystifies the creative process, offering insights into how time management and simplicity can be assets, not obstacles. Dive in and let creativity ripple and swell in your life.