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Pinky Frink Book Club Coming Summer 2013

13 Mar

I am so excited to share this news with all of the Pinky Frink fans out there! The day I created Pinky, she became an integral part of my life. Besides being a great kid who is devoted to her family and cherishes her friends, she is truly a fantastic role model for youngsters.

The addition of the Pinky Frink Book Club will enable young children to expand their venues for engaging in learning activities and playing educational games in a safe, juvenile-friendly environment.  While club members will have access to coloring pages, interactive games and puzzles, read a-long books and learning materials, there will never be any member-to-member interaction of any sort, thereby preventing predation.

Best of all, membership in the Pinky Frink Book Club is FREE, and that membership gives the child access to tons of learning fun that helps promote literacy, communication, thought processing and motor skills.  Though a very inexpensive paid level of membership (Super Adventure Members), the free level of membership will be rich in quality learning entertainment.

Super Adventure Members will receive discounts on special items (Pinky Frink books, Pinky Frink gear & Pinky Frink clothing) plus have access to Adventure videos (Pinky Frink cartoons) and interactive versions of all Pinky Frink books.

I will update posts here on this site to announce when the beta version of the Pinky Frink Book Club launches. At that time you will be able to register for free membership.

Books Are a MUST on Every Child’s Gift List!

14 Dec

There are a few children out there who start their Christmas or holiday wish list with books, but they are not the majority. Most children lead off their lists with the latest and greatest toy or electronic device. The simple truth is, if a child has developed a love for the written word, then often a book is all that is needed to fire up their imagination.

Books, Books, Books

Books, Books, Books

Instead of needing a visual representation to drive home the meaning of the storyline, books use the written word to build a vision. Text formed into meaningful sentences, with descriptive adjectives and action-packed verbs conjure images in a youngster’s mind. In addition to this imaginative stimulation, books help a growing child acclimate to expected norms and behaviors. They teach by example how to act and react to environmental stimuli. Though technology has provided many tools to assist in the learning process, nothing – that’s correct, nothing – will ever replace the value of literacy in a child’s world.

Parents are the first-line teachers in helping to develop a child’s love of reading, which must start at a very young age. Implement a habit of reading your child a bedtime story every night. Schedule a daily bonding session that includes reading and sharing thoughts on the story. It is NEVER too early to start reading to a child. Though their attention spans may be quite short during the toddler years, the more you emphasize that reading is fun, that it is a special time to spend with mom or dad or even alone with a book, the better off the child will be.

So much of a child’s future education relies on their literacy and ability to retain knowledge gathered from the printed word that neglecting to read and develop of a love of reading can be debilitating to their success.  Even simple picture books with a single word on each page will help a toddler build their vocabulary and start to associate words with pictures and recognize letters of the alphabet. A youngster’s mind is an absorbent sponge ready to drink in knowledge.

So when you are shopping for a child, whether a toddler, preschooler, elementary age or a teen, add an age-appropriate book to your gift list.  Assisting a child in attaining literacy is the greatest gift you could ever give them.

 

For toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary readers, try one of the Pinky Frink’s Adventures of Pinky Frink’s Learning Books, available in print and digital versions from the following retailers:

Pinky Frink books at Amazon.com

Pinky Frink books at Barnes and Noble

Pinky Frink books at the iBookstore (iTunes)

Pinky Frink books from Lulu.com 

Reading to Your Child – A Gift Like No Other!

12 Sep

Parents have the best opportunity to bolster a child’s learning ability when they make reading books a primary activity in a youngster’s life. The gift of sharing the written word will not only create cherished memories you will recall later on, but will also prepare your child for the life ahead of them. During the toddler, preschool and early elementary years, promoting reading as an enjoyable experience will result in advantages that will help your child succeed in life later on. Aside from altering the staggering illiteracy rates, the benefits of fostering a love of reading include:

Fun, Fun and more Fun. Most children learn quickly the difference between work and play. They recognize the distinct differences between a chore or burden and a pleasurable activity. When you begin reading to your child at a very early age as a pleasant activity you both can share, the child will associate reading with something fun, versus a task. As the child grows, reading as a pleasurable pastime will positively impact their performance in academia.

Discipline. Although your first attempts at reading to a young toddler may include a lot of fidgety behavior, eventually as you engage with them, their attentiveness and attention span will increase. As colorful illustrations grab their attention and your voice bring those pictures to life, the amount of time the very young child will sit still and listen will increase and soon they will be captivated. After they have attained the level of self-discipline to last for the duration of the story, you may find them requesting a second or third book. This simple exercise in self-discipline will assist them in later years when at college they must set their own study habits.

Handling change. Transitions are never easy for anyone, toddler, teen or adult. By observing how characters in stories handle changes, young children pick up on methodologies for handling the stressful events in their lives. From new babysitters, to the first day of school, to handling the loss of a pet, friend or family member, books can help a child learn from a very early age how to handle stressful situations in a healthy, positive manner. Learning that experiencing anxiety is normal and providing examples of how to appropriately relieve stress is something that will benefit the child throughout their entire lifetime.

Deepening a parental bond. Just as when you cuddled and comforted your child as an infant, if you make curling up together with a good book a pleasurable experience, the closeness and open discussion will help foster an open line of communication that will remain with your child throughout their lifetime. Even a toddler can point out what they like best in a picture book and as your child ages, the depth of discussion will expand. Relate stories to events in the child’s life and have them talk openly and freely. The bond built early will be helpful during the upcoming teenage years and beyond.

Academic performance. Many scientific studies have proven that reading to children from the time they are toddlers will result in a higher aptitude for learning. Children who have spent lots of time with parents reading books typically do well with the curriculum in formal education.

Speech. When you read to your toddler, you are reinforcing language sounds the youngster will retain and apply to learning our language and their own speech. Important skills like articulation, enunciation and proper grammar are emphasized.

Reading basics. Reading to a very young child helps them to comprehend quickly that text flows from left to right, and words on the page are not part of the illustrations. These fundamental basic skills are promoted through early reading with your child.

Communication. By experiencing how literary characters interact with each other, plus with discussion about the story you are reading, a toddler learns the basics of communicating with others at an early age.

English language. Reading to toddlers very early has been tied to a better understanding of the fundamentals of the English language, which is an excellent foundation for the upcoming school age years.

 

Logic and concepts. Reading to a child from a very early age is inheritably tied to formulating your child’s ability to understand cause and effect, practice good judgment, apply logic to situations and problems and grasp complex and abstract concepts. Interactions between people and dilemmas solved in books help your child relate to scenarios within their own world, and apply similar methodologies. The more your toddler starts to relate what occurs in books to what’s taking place in their own life, the more excited the child will become about time spent reading together.

The power of reading well should never be underestimated, and a parent’s ability to instill a love of reading at an early age is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child. It is also one of the most rewarding experiences you will remember fondly once that child is grown and out from your nest. When you share these precious moments reading with your child, you are preparing that child to excel in later academia and in life. It is never too early to start your child on the path to a love of reading that will benefit them throughout all of their days.