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Addressing Big Concepts Simply For Little Minds

Reading With Your Kids Podcast

Release Date: 04/09/2024

Embracing Creativity in Education: Supporting Teachers and Engaging Students show art Embracing Creativity in Education: Supporting Teachers and Engaging Students

Reading With Your Kids Podcast

This episode of Reading with Your Kids explores important topics in education through insightful conversations with Tina Shepardson & Lynnette MaWhinney. Tina Shepardson shares the true story behind her book "The Sorry Seeds," about apologizing to her first grade teacher. She reflects on shifts in parent-teacher relationships and the need to trust educators working daily with students. The discussion examines challenges facing teachers with strict lesson plans limiting creativity and connections with students. Tina emphasizes building rapport with children through open-ended questions and...

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How Music, Magic & Myth Inspire Creatiivity In Kids show art How Music, Magic & Myth Inspire Creatiivity In Kids

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Ali Gilkeson & Diana Lopez are on Reading With Your Kids to talk about how music, magic & myths can inspire creativity in kids! We first speak with Chhristian recording artist Ali Gilkerson about her debut children's book "My Lighthouse". Ali tells us this song is based on the popular song by her band Rend Collective. The book tells the story of a boy named Finn who learns to appreciate his home in a lighthouse through an adventure. Ali discussed writing the book to share with her kids and spark conversations about themes of guidance and faith. Ali also shared Ali memories of touring...

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On this episode of Reading With Your Kids we discuss alternative approaches to ADHD and brain development in children with Dr Connie McReynolds. Dr Connie is a licensed psychologist with over 30 years of experience working with families. She shared her journey developing a new assessment and treatment model for ADHD. She found that 85-90% of clients had underlying auditory or visual processing issues, rather than surface symptoms addressed by traditional interventions. McReynolds uses quantitative EEG assessments to identify specific brain processing challenges. Her neurofeedback program then...

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How Picture Books And Libraries Help Kids Cope show art How Picture Books And Libraries Help Kids Cope

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This episode of Reading With Your Kids focused on promoting children's mental health and well-being. Guest Alison McGrath discussed her picture book "Walter and the Worry Test," which teaches kids skills from cognitive behavioral therapy to manage worries and anxiety. She explained that negative thoughts can impact feelings and behaviors if left unchallenged. While childhood anxiety is rising, many schools still lack resources like counselors to help kids develop social-emotional skills and feel safe. Author and librarian Robert Broder shared the inspiration for his book "Reading Together,"...

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This episode of Reading With Your Kids explored the fascinating world of space through the eyes of children. Astronaut John Schaffner discussed the International Space Art and Poetry Contest, sharing imaginative submissions from kids ages 5-18 around the world. The contest reveals children's unique visions of living in space, like bringing cats and holding hands with aliens. John emphasized how the contest sparks kids' natural curiosity about space. Even without formal education on the topic, they intuitively grasp concepts of zero gravity and vacuum environments. The discussion considered why...

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How Reading Together Builds Bonds & Brains show art How Reading Together Builds Bonds & Brains

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We love sharing thought provoking conversations with fascinating people on Reading With Your Kids. We beging by chatting with the CEO of Reash Out And Read Marty Martinez. Marty tells us Reach Out and Read,  trains pediatricians to integrate books into well-child visits to promote early literacy. He explained how shared reading helps children's brain development and bonding with parents. Later in the episode we meet author Hena Khan. Hena tells us her new anthology "The Door is Open" is a collection of stories written by South Asian American writers. She also shared about her upcoming...

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The Powerful Connection Between Art & Science show art The Powerful Connection Between Art & Science

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This episode of Reading With Your Kids featured several authors discussing their children's books and the importance of social emotional learning. The show began by introducing Brian Nolet and Dave Mossman, authors of the "Jungle Buddyz" book series. They discussed writing their first book together and touching on themes like believing in oneself Brian and Dave discussed using children's books to develop resilience. Brian Nolet practices self-awareness with his sons to help them manage emotions. Dave Mossman, a teacher in a remote First Nation community, has observed rising anxiety in students...

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If a Pigeon Poops in the Woods: Nature Calls us to Log Off and Laugh show art If a Pigeon Poops in the Woods: Nature Calls us to Log Off and Laugh

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We are calling this episode of Reading With Your Kids If a Pigeon Poops in the Woods: Nature Calls us to Log Off and Laugh. Our first guest is JD Peabody, author of the Inkwell Chronicles fantasy series. J D returns to the show to celebrate the second book in the series. He tells us that the series was inspired by CS Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia and a real 1952 train crash in London. Peabody aimed to introduce kids to literature through "Easter eggs" subtly referenced in the books. The series follows siblings Everett and B as they search for their missing father and protect magical ink from...

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Pam Rice returns to headline this episode of Reading With Your Kids. Pam has been a long time friend of the show. We always enjoy celebrating her beautiful picture books. Today we celebrate Pam's latest work The Sun On My Face. Pam tells us that she looks at each spread in my books as a work of art. Each page tells its own story through textures, colors, and details for readers to discover.. David Gibby tells us his Adventures Of Patch #MiddleGrade series was inspired by the stories he would tell his children and their friends. Jennifer Freeland and Jennifer Sipos were also on the show to...

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Lori Orlinsky and Alysson Bourque return to #ReadingWithYourKids to share valuable mamrketing tips for all authors and aspiring authors. Lori and Aly are the founders of Expound Publicity and have helped over 550 authors launch and promote their books. They explained the challenges independent authors face with marketing, publicity, and avoiding scams. Social media was highlighted as an important tool, but authors were advised to focus on helpful rather than sales-focused content. They also shared best practices for marketing children's books, including building credibility through reviews and...

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This episode of Reading with Your Kids featured several children's book authors discussing their work. Kathleen Long Bostrom talked about her book "Daddy, Tell Me a Story," which was inspired by reading with her own kids. She emphasized the importance of empowering children through storytelling and letting them solve problems in books. Christina Dixon discussed her book "I Am the Moon," which came from questioning with her son about what life would be like on the moon. She highlighted the value of nurturing children's curiosity and imagination.

Sarah Gaston shared that she writes "relatable Christian content that is not cheesy." Her latest book teaches an anxious dump truck to trust in God. She was motivated to fill gaps she found in resources for her own preschool son. The host discussed how faith-based stories can appeal to both religious and non-religious families by addressing big concepts simply. They also talked about some criticism Sarah has received and how she has grown from addressing concerns respectfully.

The episode emphasized empowering children through reading, asking questions, valuing their thoughts, and inspiring their own creativity and storytelling. 

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