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Youth Reading Mastery Questions for Parents

Who takes time to sit down & listen to their children/teens read?

Do they have voice inflection, cadence, and understanding of what they read?

Do you ask them questions from the reading material?

Do you have them give you oral/written reading reports?

Don’t let your children/teens be complacent readers.

Actively engage your children when it comes to reading. Other wise, they will be surface readers.

Reading Mastery is So Much More than Calling Out Words.

KT
7/7/2017
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Why Complain of Youth’s Low Reading Scores–When Reading Basics are Weak?

What is the reading material the children scores are based on?

Who will teach tools & techniques to reading mastery? Figurative Language, Author’s Intent, Inferences, Context Clues, Prefixes, Root Words, Suffixes, Close Reading, etc.?

Children are held accountable for scores on standardized tests & most times, it is not certain if they have been given the reading tools & techniques in detail.

Look into the records of the students, those low scores didn’t come out of the middle of nowhere. The reading struggling didn’t just pop out the ground.

Most times, children are given boring reading material, and they are expected to be hyped up about it.

What do they have a passion for? That is the key to unlock mediocre reading scores.

The brain is a muscle & it must be constantly exercised. If not, it gets out of shape. Flabby.

Poems, Song Lyrics, Quotes, Proverbs, Short Essays, etc are very powerful when it comes to students mastering reading. Break the class down in a circle or semi-circle & let the students read out loud. Some will read better than others. Students will laugh. At first. But, the teacher or reading coach must say, “don’t laugh too quick, because all of you are going to have to read aloud. We are going around the circle.”

See how long the laughing last. That is going to be knocked off real quick.

Some of the fast readers might not comprehend as well as the slow readers. In that case, the fast readers are more of an entertainer. Sometimes, the slow readers comprehend better than the speedy rabbit readers.

Everybody will read the same text in the circle. Nobody knows if they will be called next. You think they are going to goof off? Nope. Too much embarrassment, if they are caught looking out the window at squirrels or something. They will pay attention.

The teacher/parent/reading coach must know the material inside out & outside in. That way, they will be able to ask questions right on the spot or after a student gets through reading.

Anyone can answer the question asked. The more these type settings happen, the more young people are inspired to be master readers.

Some days, you go over prefixes, suffixes & root words. Etymology. The origin of words.

Go over Greek & Latin, French, Old English, Spanish. Then, they will have a solid understanding of the core of the English Language.

Have the Youth Breakdown Poems & Song Lyrics. Ask them about the stories in the poems & songs & ask them have they had similar experiences.

Reading Mastery is no Cookie Cutter Template. It takes hardwork to see a rise in Reading Scores. It takes sacrifice on students & the adults part.

Who is willing to turn the difficult soil over?

KT
8/10/2017
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Watch “Half Past Autumn: The Life and Work of Gordon Parks”

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How to Inspire Children to Love Reading & Memorizing Poems

Inspire your Children to Love Reading by telling them good stories. Good stories inspire good questions. Read stories to them with morals, values, lessons, overcoming difficulties, strategies, analyzing. Thinking, in other words.

When we read to our children, we must not read monotone. That is boring even to a grown person. Just imagine how boring monotone reading is to children. We must read with voice inflections, excitement, rhythm. This helps keep the children’s attention.

Oral Reading is an Art form we must master to Inspire our children to Love Reading. 

*—>> How to Inspire Children to Memorize Poems

Teach your children little short poems way before they start to read. It is best to have them memorize poems that rhyme. It sticks in their minds better. We must build up the children’s memories. 

Later on…have them recite the poems back to you. Have them memorize a poem a week. Or a poem every two weeks. We can have them do this right after they learn a few words. It does not even matter if they only have a few words in their vocabulary. So what if they are still just baby talking. 

If they learn a poem a week, that’s 52 poems a year. If they learn a poem every 2 weeks, that’s 26 poems a year. If they learn a poem a month, that’s 12 poems a year. Use your own discretion.

We must must not underestimate what our children have the capacity to learn. Our children can handle pretty much anything we work with them with. 

Take Charge of Your Post, Dear Parents. Parents are the 1st Teachers.

KT
2017
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​”New Edition” Memories by Zhana Roiya


I can remember being on the NE Heartbreak tour….singing with the opening act Al-B-Sure!  We usually left the venue before the headliner hit the stage cause not only was the hotel not close to the venue but, the bus taking us back to our hotel left right after we performed.  

On one occasion the hotel was walking distance from the venue I stayed to watch not only Bobby but NE.  Bobby was so electric…commanding the stage and whipping the crowd into a frenzy.   He was Dynamic.  But when New Edition hit the stage………I saw something that caused my jaw to drop.  These boys or men were so polished and clean in their delivery I could barely move or tear my eyes away.   Brook had them so Polished and suave.  When “Can You Stand the Rain” come on.   A set of 4 mics came descending from the rafters right into their designated spots of each member as soon as it hit the marks they hit their moves as soon as the first note fell.  The lighting designers were so magical as they set the dreamy mood. With sparkling LED lights everywhere. It was set in midnight blue.  I could watch that show every night and not get bored.  Even the musicians were so on point.   

I was saddened to know that Ralph had a separate tour bus from the  other members and no longer spoke once off stage and that Bobby and the others also were at odds. Security kept them well away from each other.  I remember being threatened with being fired from my gig if I rode on any of their buses (I wanted to get to my home town faster to see my parents and our bus was leaving so late that we would have gotten there way into the night where Bobbys bus was arriving by early am)  It was for the best looking in hindsight… that bus was probably out of control.  Our group always had a very family vibe.  I love the crew who worked with us they always looked out for us girls and  Partly in fact that the guys in our band let it be known that The singers were all to be treated with respect or face the wrath of our musicians who tolerated no nonsense or disrespect from any of them towards us we were like family..sisters to them. (thank you Kaleb, Spanador) It was a magical experience for me.  I learned a lot and I came away with great memories.

Zhana Roiya
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How A Fisherman Taught his Son Life Lessons

Up before the crack of day
the light has not yet fallen on the ground outside.

That does not mean—
the light inside the house
is out.

Here, up early—earlier 
than most 
men, women, & children…

Two Men–one old–one young
make the final preparations.

Today they will provide for the family
Today they will fish for the family meals
Today they take their destiny in their own hands.

Many days, months, and years
The young boy has seen his father
at the table going over bills,
and at the same time
looking aggravated,
frustrated…knowing all the time
his money 
is already spent 
before payday…

Credit limits full 
at the local grocery stores
loan sharks coming around
even before the designated payback date
1/4 on the dollar…You know how it goes
Car note, Car insurance, 
Phone bill…
You know how it goes.
The story is the same everywhere.

Here in this early morning hour

While most people sleep
The Old Man stops in the mist of all these preparations,
and grabs his son’s shoulder as he tightens the fishing line firmly onto the hooks—
Looks straight into his son’s eyes,
and says, “Today son,
we go to provide
for the family like
The Men of Old Africa.
The days when men were men
The days when men would go over the earth
as God would have them do
Not asking for anybody’s permission
Not paying interest on loans
Not going to the store to get food,
But going to the oceans, lakes, rivers, streams,
and land like God expects us to do.”

The Old Man tells his son,
“pass on what you are seeing, hearing, and doing
Now as men, women, and children sleep.”

He tells his son,
“Always have a trade
Always stand up for Yourself, Your Family, & Our People.

Fish in God’s Rivers are free
when you catch them yourself…
no tax, no credit,
forget all that my son
No cost 
Take this example, and reproduce this…
this independence in every way possible
Make yourself independent my son…

Use your brains and talents to make your own destiny.

Be a Man.”

KT
7/25/2005
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