Education is important in every child’s life, but we all know the key, especially in early education, is reading. KidLit TV understands that not all children are educated the same way because not every child absorbs information the same way: hands-on, listening, reading, or other. To show our support for learners with diverse needs all around the world, KidLit TV interviewed Amanda Boyarshinov on literacy. There are many activities you can do with your kids when fostering an educational atmosphere, but Amanda shares a few tips and tricks that she’s learned in her many years of teaching and being a mom of three kids of her own.
Amanda is a National Board Certified teacher who holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in Reading for grades K-12. She might be a master of her studies, but she’s still a kid at heart. She often spends her free time in her backyard where she explores the wonders of nature with her kids or in the kitchen where she conducts hands-on science projects and experiments with them. She loves to walk her dog and, of course, getting cozy with a book when the day doesn’t call for baking blueberry muffins in the kitchen. You can find out more about Amanda at The Educators’ Spin On It where she and KidLit TV team member Kim Vij share educational activities for children ages 0-7.
Be sure to read our interview with Amanda to find out her tips and tricks for parents who want to explore the literacy world with their children.
What would you say the best tips are when bringing literacy into a child’s life?
Making books available, celebrating reading accomplishments and giving books as gifts are some of the best ways you can bring literacy into a child’s life. My goal this year has been to add more diverse books and STEM books to our shelves. It has challenged us to think outside our favorite genres and we have found some true gems to read over and over again!
What are some writing prompts you would give a child?
We write together as a family almost every day after school. Sometimes I will provide them with a writing prompt, an open ended sentence such as My Teddy Bear has ____ or making a DIY book about a topic such as Making a Number Book or playing a game like Roll, Draw, Write.
Other days, we just write about our own experiences.
What can parents learn from The Educators’ Spin On It?
The TheEducatorsSpinOnIt.com, provides activity inspirations for parents and teachers to make everyday moments into teachable opportunities. We are 2 teachers, now write at home moms with a passion for early childhood education. We help over one million parents find ways to encourage their child to explore, create, play and learn with our award winning Pinterest Boards.
In your opinion what is the most easy and fun way a child can learn?
PLAY is the easiest way a child can learn. When we have fun doing an activity or project, then learning becomes more enjoyable. Our book, 100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids comes out May 2016 and encourages parents and teachers to do just that.
What’s the #1 mistake you see parents making when it comes to teaching kids to read?
In today’s tech driven world, I see less and less parents making time to read their own books and magazines for pleasure. It is so important that we model the behaviors we want our children to do. My 9 year old and I now read 3-5 chapter books each week and discuss them when we both finish. It has been a great way to get us both reading and helps us to stay connected with each other.
We hope you learned from Amanda Boyarshinov talking on literacy. If you have any fun activities that have helped your kids learn, we’d love to hear them in the comments below!