To celebrate Tell A Story Day on April 27, we are asking you to become a script writer!
For many students, spring isn’t just about sunshine and flowers. It’s also a nerve-wracking time to take standardized tests. In order to calm kids down, child psychologist Dr. Phyllis Ohr had some advice. She says that teaching mindfulness can help!
Father’s Day is a time to celebrate all the great dads out there. But it’s not just the human dads that deserve some love. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) told News-O-Matic about three awesome animals where the father plays a special role. Check them out — and discover how you can help them!
School’s almost out! As days get longer, children all around the country are eagerly waiting for the summer break to come. But did you know that on average, American children lose one month of their math and reading skills during the summer?Make sure your children read this summer, or they could lose grade-level equivalency.
Reading aloud is “the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading,” according to the landmark 1985 report, “Becoming a Nation of Readers.” It’s been scientifically proven: Reading aloud to kids motivates them to read on their own, promotes language and literacy development, and develops critical thinking.
Reading aloud is a source of motivation.
Providing children with engaging reading content is only part of the job. While some children are able to read autonomously, others have motivation issues — even with great reading resources. Having someone (even a “virtual” voice) read to them can help students focus more fully in their reading experience. The experience mobilizes both the child’s sight and sense of hearing.
Reading aloud enriches the reading experience.
Reading words does not mean that students can recognize them in a discussion. Have you ever thought you knew how a certain word was pronounced only to realize years later that you’ve been mispronouncing it? One purpose of reading aloud is to build children’s awareness of the phonological structure of spoken words. In other words, it helps them learn how words are correctly pronounced.
Reading aloud is not reserved for Kindergarteners
Jim Trelease, the author of the “read aloud Bible” Read-Aloud Handbook, explains an interesting concept: Children listen on a different level than they read! “A child’s reading level doesn’t catch up to his listening level until eighth grade,” Trelease told GreatSchools.net. “You can and should be reading seventh-grade books to fifth-grade kids. They’ll get excited about the plot, which is motivation to keep reading. A fifth-grader can enjoy a more complicated plot than she can read herself, and reading aloud is really going to hook her.”
News-O-Matic, Daily Reading for Kids, now includes a Read Aloud feature in its articles.
It’s been on our mind since the launch of the app. After some research, it became clear that our readers would benefit from this feature. Some of them need to be read to — to help them better understand the information in the articles. Some just enjoy to be read to — to enrich their experience of the news. Adding this feature to our app aligned with our goal of creating an engaging reading experience for kids that would benefit their literacy skills.
This new feature also makes the news available to many additional children, such as English Language Learners (ELL) or children with special needs, reading disorders, or sight impairment. We believe all children should have access to safe, fun daily news. The read aloud feature is one way we can achieve part of this goal. That’s why we created it.Alice Bouis – Marketing Manager- News-O-Matic, The Daily Newspaper Just For Kids
Kids Rule the Kitchen (published in News-O-Matic on Friday, September 27, 2013)
Kids talk to News-O-Matic about their cooking show on TV!
Step aside, grown-ups: It’s time for kids to rule the kitchen! This Friday, kids will compete for $100,000 on a new cooking show on TV called MasterChef Junior! The competition is for young cooks between 8 and 13 — with famous chef Gordon Ramsay as a judge. News-O-Matic spoke with two contestants from the show, Sarah, 9, and Gavin, 10.
“When I first met [the judges], I was a little bit afraid — but also really excited,” said Gavin. Gordon Ramsay is known for being tough and yelling a lot. But on MasterChef Junior, the judges show their softer side. Sarah shared, “I like all of them, but my favorite is probably Gordon.”
MasterChef Junior is not about the judges but about encouraging the talented young chefs. “It’s okay to make mistakes and stuff,” said Sarah about the show in Los Angeles. “You learn from just moving on.” Gavin added, “I learned some awesome techniques on how to make your dish and really improved.”
The young chefs competed in cooking challenges and learned to cook restaurant dishes. Sarah learned how to make beef tortellini, while Gavin had to make beef Wellington. “I’ve never heard of it before,” Gavin shared. “And once they showed it to me, I was like, ‘OMG it looks so hard’ — and it was really hard.”
These tiny chefs discovered what it takes to be masters. As judge Graham says about being a great chef, “Age is nothing but a number.”
By Gilmarie Brioso
competition: contest; tournament
contestants: people who take part in a competition or contest
beef tortellini: a beef and pasta dish
beef Wellington: a beef dish
FACT: MasterChef Junior will be on Fox every Friday night at 8:00 P.M. ET (7:00 P.M. CST).
ACT: To be a great chef, “You have to focus on your dish,” says Gavin. “It has to be the main thing that you’re working on.”