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  1. Lifestyle - Family & Education - BETWEEN THE LINES

    Quirky humour in children's picture books is a nod to the past

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 05:06pm by Annie Ho

    ... Annie Ho life@scmp.com Like fashion, books are cyclical What we read to our children changes through the generations, as does how we dress them. When it comes to classic picture books, ... an invisible dog. Just when the plot becomes stranger than strange, Gag finds a way to end her stories on a sincerely wholesome "happily ever after" note. My children have been fed a steady ...

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    Parents need to limit children's screen time

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 10:40am by PERCIE WONG

    ... to calm her down and avoid causing a scene? I am noticing more and more children as young as two years of age with their own iPhones or iPads. It is common to see parents engaged in social gatherings give their children electronic devices as babysitters, and this trend is disturbing. I remember taking my daughter to gatherings at friends' homes, and I normally packed a bag ...

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    Steer youngsters to adopt healthy tech habits

    Posted Oct 07th 2014, 10:27am by GWENETH REHNBORG

    ... Gweneth Rehnborg life@scmp.com Set healthy limits on tech use Most parents worry about the safety of their children more than just about anything else. But according to visiting US ... aggression, impaired sleep, obesity, and developmental delays prompted her to turn to research in the field of technology use and children. Rowan identified two primary areas of concern, the addictive ...

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    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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    Sustained silent reading can improve literacy

    Posted Sep 23rd 2014, 10:33am by Annie Ho

    ... They are learning new skills to develop their independence and self-reliance. The most conspicuous changes from kindergarten are that these children no longer have teachers to remind them to wash ... school-aged children in mind. We read the story aloud after returning home, and the book remained untouched until it was returned. Of course, there are countless times that a book we overlooked on our ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

  8. 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 ...

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    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 ...

  10. 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 ...




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