FIVE TIPS TO GET YOUR KIDS READING
(Redbook) Parents and teachers alike have struggled for years to figure out why some kids just hate reading. However, by focusing instead on their bookworm-like counterparts, we may find the key to making reading more pleasurable for even the most reluctant reader.
• Travel Without Leaving Home: Inspire curiosity by offering kids something different from what they experience in their day-to-day lives. Pick books from places or time periods different from your own. Once kids find a topic they’re interested in, they’ll be itching to find out more!
• Show Them the Rewards: Kids often don’t see the intrinsic value of reading. Show them the value with rewards they can see. Summer reading programs are great but with the summer ending, consider Pizza Hut’s Book-It program, which rewards kids for meeting afore-set monthly reading goals. For more details, go to bookitprogram.com. Alternatively, you can work with your child to create your own reading rewards system at home.
• Make the Choice to Change Your Voice: Make a habit of reading aloud with your kids; in doing so, you show your children that you find books to be a worthy pastime. Try differentiating between characters by giving them each distinct voices. Stop to talk about the pictures, and practice foreshadowing by inquiring as to what they think will happen next.
• Shake Things Up: After reading the stories, take turns taking the characters on different adventures. What would these particular characters find fun? How would they react in different situations? By giving stories alternate endings and making up sequels, kids are able to understand the characters and their motivations on a deeper level.
• Mini Field Trip: Set aside an hour or so to visit your local library or bookstore. Let the kids peruse the shelves for books that pique their curiosity. Many of these book-nooks offer readings, usually for free. Check your local library for listings.
STRANGE LAWS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
America has some strange laws, but our neighbors across the pond have some bizarre laws too. For example, when the queen makes a speech before the British parliament, if you die during the speech you can be arrested! According to a UKTV Gold television survey, here are some of the most ridiculous British laws:
• It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament
• It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British monarch upside-down
• Mince pies cannot be eaten on Christmas Day
• In Scotland, if someone knocks on your door and requires the use of your toilet, you must let them enter
• A pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman’s helmet
• The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the king, and the tail of the queen
• It is illegal to avoid telling the tax man anything you do not want him to know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him knowing
• It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament in a suit of armor
• In the city of York, it is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow
HOW TO MAKE YOURSELF MISERABLE
Take note – you may be doing these things to yourself already and not realize it! Follow these instructions carefully to become extremely unhappy, poor, disrespected, lonely, and better yet, to hate yourself even more.
o Tell all your friends and family how they can make millions by joining this “awesome” new Multi-Level Marketing company that only costs $100 a month.
o Whenever you meet an attractive new person of the opposite sex, be sure to talk at length about all of your problems.
o Use credit cards to pay for everything.
o When a credit card “stops working,” apply for a new one.
o Always look mad or upset when you’re at work. You want to make sure everyone knows how much you hate your job.
o If anything makes you really happy, tell everyone how you will probably never be that happy again.
o Gossip about friends and family members. And make sure to gossip with friends and/or family members of the person you are gossiping about.
o Always talk about your “horrible day at work” whenever you get the chance.
o When watching a movie or TV show with others, feel free to ask them plenty of questions about what’s happening. This may even be a great time to talk about your “horrible day at work.”
o Take up a hobby, like smoking.
o Make sure everyone knows that you have the worst luck of anyone they will ever meet.
o You’re not the only one with flaws, so make sure to always point out everyone else’s flaws as well.
o Whenever you buy a gift for someone, make sure they know all of its flaws, how cheap it was, and how it’s really “not anything special.”
o If you ever do a favor for someone, make sure they understand how little effort you put into it.
o Always wear a frown wherever you go. You want to try and make it a permanent expression on your face.
o Borrow money from friends and family and never pay it back.
o Always leave a tip of less than 10%… especially if you’re at a fancy restaurant. Their work is never quite good enough to be worth the appropriate 20% or more, and the more the bill is, the less you have for a tip anyway.