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Keeping Children Safe Around Water

Now that summer is approaching, nothing sounds more appealing than a dip in the pool to cool off from the heat. However, when swimming pools, plastic kiddy pools, or bathtubs are involved, children need constant supervision. All it takes is two inches of water, and a child can drown.

This is the time of year that you hear the unfortunate news of children drowning. It doesn't take long, so there’s no excuse to leave your child alone for even one minute. If you need to go back inside or even walk out of the room while your child is taking a bath, take your child with you; or make sure that you have another adult watching him/her.

Knowledge and preparation is the best prevention. The American Red Cross website offers classes to become CPR certified. Being prepared is extremely important. Look for a class in or around your area.  By being prepared, you can help save your child’s life or the life of another.

Keep your kids safe during the summer this year. The Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona is a group that consists of parents, health professionals, and business leaders who try to make aware the importance of water safety. The DPCA has a great website for those interested in getting involved in the cause against children drowning. It provides great tips and resources, from tips for lifeguards to grief resources for those who have been affected by or involved in drowning or near-drowning incidents. Summertime should be fun, so keep it that way by keeping your child safe.

Read to Your Preschool Child

Reading to your preschoolers at home is just as important as reading to your school-age children. It introduces them to vocabulary and situations that they wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise. Plus, your preschooler will view reading as a positive experience that she shares with her parents. When reading with your young child, using some helpful strategies can give your story time an even bigger educational boost.

Before Reading

  • Look at the book together, and ask your child what she thinks it will be about. Do this even if you have read the book many times before to see what she remembers.
  • Do a picture walk. Look through the book together page by page, and talk about the illustrations.
  • Search for particular letters or sight words. As you do your picture walk, ask your child to scan the text for the letters or words he knows.
  • Talk about subject matter. If the book is about two friends, talk about what it is like to have a friend and how friends should treat one another. This will ensure that she understands the message of the book and can relate to the characters.

During Reading

  • Read with expression. The more expressive your reading, the more interesting it is for your child. This is especially true if your child is very young.
  • Talk about the pictures again. Explain how the pictures are associated with the text.
  • Allow questions. If your child is interested in the story, he will likely want to comment or ask questions. Encourage his participation!
  • Talk about the plot. Stop every few pages to discuss what is going on in the story. Ask your child what has happened already or what she thinks will happen next.

After Reading

  • Ask more questions. When you are done reading, ask your child what he liked or didn’t like about the story.
  • Express your opinion. Feel free to express your own views about the story and don’t be afraid to tell her if you didn’t like it. It is important for your child to know that having her own opinion is okay. Just be prepared to explain.
  • Make a different ending. Talk to your child about what it would be like if the story ended differently.
  • Retell the story. Ask your child to retell the story in his own words. This will let you know how much he comprehended as you read.

Reading with your child is extremely important to her education, even if she is years away from kindergarten. The earlier you start reading together, the better the bond will be between your child and reading. While there are many strategies you can use to make your reading time more successful, the primary focus should be enjoying your time together. Using all of these strategies at once might take away from the story and the precious moments you have with your budding reader. So instead, enjoy what you are reading, and sprinkle in some of these ideas to enhance the experience and your child’s comprehension. Above all, have fun!