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  1. Lifestyle - Family & Education - BETWEEN THE LINES

    Between the lines: fathers who read to children are positive role models

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 09:45am by PERCIE WONG

    ... as a "feminine" activity," it notes. A father reading to his children, and the way he does this, can influence their academic development. Jim Trelease, author of The Read-Aloud Handbook, believes fathers have the power to change this slide. "Fathers reading to children are one of the very best ways to reverse the academic ambivalence we're seeing in young boys," he writes. ...

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    Between the lines: children's book critic Leonard Marcus to visit city

    Posted May 20th 2014, 09:39am by Annie Ho

    ... Annie Ho life@scmp.com Lessons from the master Leonard Marcus is a living encyclopedia of children's literature who shares his knowledge through the many books that he has written, analysing the authors and artists who have created some of the genre's greatest works. He has reviewed children's books for The Washington Post and The New York Times, judged multiple book ...

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    Book offers an antidote to intensive mothering

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 10:23am by Annie Ho

    ... explores today's expectation of busyness, this maniacal need to be productive and give meaning to our lives. Having children means we devote countless more hours to making their lives ... two-year-old?" Or, "Should I start my six-month-old on Putonghua?" Schulte writes: "Time studies show that mothers' time with children has been climbing steeply, at the expense ...

  4. Lifestyle - Family & Education - BETWEEN THE LINES

    Between the lines: explaining Easter's message to children

    Posted Apr 22nd 2014, 10:45am by Annie Ho

    ... Annie Ho life@scmp.com Beyond a crucifixion fixation: explaining Easter's message to children To me, Easter is all about children's games, arts and crafts. This year's activities included making Easter bonnets, egg decorating, and countless egg hunts. My children, on the other hand, are fixated with the Crucifixion. They chat about Jesus dying on the cross, which ...

  5. Lifestyle - Family & Education - BETWEEN THE LINES

    Between the lines: teach your child to celebrate being different

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 10:41am by Annie Ho

    ... Annie Ho life@scmp.com Books that celebrate being different are crucial for children I recently had coffee with friends who were emigrating to a small town in Australia. Aside from envying ... be the only non-Caucasian child. We considered the need for my friend to stock up on books about Chinese children living in a non-Chinese community. Wouldn't it be ideal to find picture books ...

  6. Lifestyle - Family & Education - BETWEEN THE LINES

    Between the lines: children of all ages love to read about dinosaurs

    Posted Feb 25th 2014, 11:32am by Annie Ho

    ... There were robotic dinosaurs and a "petting zoo" where the children took turns prodding a stick at an animated Agilisaurus that responded with short forward lunges, swishing its tail or baring its teeth. Children love to learn dinosaur names, and this point has not been lost on book publishers The reconstruction of a fossil dig showed the important work done by palaeontologists. ...

  7. Lifestyle - Family & Education - BETWEEN THE LINES

    How to get the most from e-books

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 09:21am by PERCIE WONG

    ... to 34 had read or downloaded books to a computer, mobile phone or tablet. A survey by publisher Scholastic of six to 17-year-olds, reinforces this: the proportion of children who read e-books ... books designed to assist with literacy by reading aloud to children, helping them sound out words, or by defining words. Such rich multimedia content, combined with the convenience of a tablet ...

  8. Lifestyle - Family & Education - BETWEEN THE LINES

    Illustrated books open children's minds to a world full of wonders

    Posted Apr 23rd 2013, 11:09am by Annie Ho

    ... Annie Ho life@scmp.com Illustrated books open children's minds to a world full of wonders The fact that life extends far beyond Hong Kong pervades our home. We have a toy globe, a desk mat printed with a map of the world and framed photos from my children's visits abroad. This global awareness hasn't stopped my elder daughter from telling her friends while ...

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    Between the lines: showing children how to cope with adversity

    Posted Dec 30th 2013, 09:21pm by Annie Ho

    ... Annie Ho life@scmp.com How to boost skills to deal with challenges I love Twinkle, the little girl on Higglytown Heroes, an animated children's TV series. Every person and animal ... of the cheese. The many concepts introduced in this story make good discussion tools for young children, especially as children by nature tend to resist change. The message of adapting to change is more ...

  10. Lifestyle - Family & Education - BETWEEN THE LINES

    Between the lines: encourage your child to read over the summer break

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 10:01am by PERCIE WONG

    ... Percie Wong life@scmp.com Summer break is a reader's delight With the summer break looming, many parents may be racking their brains about activities to keep their children engaged ... tracked groups of students from Baltimore, concluded that a long break from books in the summer may mean children lose interest and momentum in reading. Other research suggest that if children ...




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