Tuesday, November 03, 2009

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November is National Family Literacy Month

National Center for Family Literacy is celebrating online with new resources for families. Spend time together with your family to have fun and learn !

EXPLORE THE LITERACY HOUSE and see how simple it is to help your child learn through daily activities using everyday household items. And Check Out NCFL’s:

In Los Angeles, Check Out First 5 LA - Ready. Set. Grow !

First 5 LA believes that the first 5 years of life establish the foundation for the future success of our children - increasing the number of children from the prenatal stage through age 5 who are physically and emotionally healthy, safe, and ready to learn.

America's 2-to-5 year olds spend a whopping 32 hours per week watching TV - NY Daily News: October 30, 2009 by Rosemary Black

America's couch potatoes in training – its 2- to 5-year olds – spend nearly as much time watching TV as their parents spend at work, according to new research. Preschoolers log more than 32 hours of tube time each week, according to a study by the Nielsen Co.

"Parents depend on the TV as a way to get things done, but when you let your kids watch TV constantly, then they don't know how to do anything except watch TV," says Mike Mosiman, co-author, with his wife, Renee, of "The Smarter Preschooler: Unlocking Your Child's Intellectual Potential." "And the kids who are the most addicted to the TV tend to get bored easily when the TV is off."

If you're thinking of switching off the electronic baby-sitter and getting those bored little tube addicts engrossed in actual play, it may be easier than you think. While you're at it, if you have older children as well, take note of their viewing habits. That same Nielsen study found that 6- to 11-year-olds watch a little less (28 hours a week), but that's because they have to interrupt their tube time to attend school. READ MORE !

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