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5 BENEFITS OF READING FICTION

bedtimestories_1356045cFictional works may contain made up characters and experiences, but that does not mean that they serve purely entertainment purposes. Whether for adults or children, reading fictional stories is beneficial in a number of ways. Today, we share with you some of the benefits of reading fiction. Grab some popcorn and a bottle of Coke please 🙂

Entertainment

This is perhaps the most obvious benefit of fiction. People read fiction for the entertainment, the thrill and the pleasure they derive from the story lines.

Relaxation

This may sound closely related to entertainment, but it is not quite the same. Reading a novel or story book helps the mind and body to relax. Those who appreciate the rhythm of language often find reading a book a very calming and relaxing experience.

Of all the activities available to children in particular, book reading is perhaps the most calming. It is no wonder that bedtimes are perfect times to read a story to a child. As an adult, you should give it a try too. You just might be surprised.

Development of vocabulary

If you want to add new words to your vocabulary so you can better express yourself, reading fictional works is a good way to go about it. They expose you to experiences outside of your everyday reality, thereby introducing new words that you would otherwise not have come across.

Stimulates imagination

A fictional work can take you vividly through an evening on the streets of Paris, or on a detailed trip around the Caribbean. While you may never have been to these places, a good novel or story book paints a clear picture in your mind by stimulating your imagination. An active imagination can be a great asset to you in learning, as well as in problem solving.

Now, you have a few reasons to pick up a book to read today, and to encourage your children to read too. Act on it. 1st Veritas has a number of good fictional works that your children and pupils will find engaging. You should check those out too.

Do be sure to have a nice day!

NIGERIA NEEDS A MUCH STRONGER EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM

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Being custodians of our children’s education, teachers play a very vital role in the society. From the creche all the way up to higher institutions, teachers are at the core of the education of our children. This is why the subject of training , evaluation and re-training should be taken as a serious one.

It will not do to have teachers whose spoken and written English are below standard. That would be very counter-productive, as students will end up learning the wrong things. That is why the training of teachers should be a priority, and not an after-thought.

It does not help either that many people who end up studying education at the higher institution level do so as a last resort. Unable to secure admission for the courses that they are really interested in, they settle for Education because of lower cut-off marks and easier entry requirements. Perhaps something is wrong with such a system? We end up with teachers who are not particularly wanting to teach in the first place, but are teachers by reason of circumstances.

That is bad enough already. Consider also that many of them are unable to put a flawless sentence together in English, and the issues quickly get compounded. We also live in a world where things change fast. As such, the need for evaluations and re-training as often as possible. The idea is to spot individuals who need to be chucked out f the system, as well as individuals who can get better with some more training.

If anything, Nigeria needs a much stronger educational system, and not one in which any and every one can walk in to teach. Things are already bad as they are. Implementing strong evaluation and re-training processes into the system can only be a good thing. Otherwise, we can say goodbye to any hopes of things getting better. Without sound teachers, there can be no such hope.

WHAT BOOKS HAVE YOU READ RECENTLY?

It is a huge mistake to think that education is a matter for children only. The truth is that education is a life-long affair. Regardless of how old we get, we must constantly be learning or we will become out of touch with present-day realities.

That is why we must all read. We must read regularly and deliberately. We must read to expand our horizons, and to keep up with the fast-changing world that we live in. It is saddening to see students and teachers carrying around old books with outdated information all across our institutions of learning. Yet, new titles with more current information are being released daily globally.

The interesting thing is that it is easier for us to access books today than ever before in the history of humanity. With a few clicks of the mouse, books that are not available in our locations or even countries can be ordered and have shipped to us. There really is no excuse for us to stay uninformed in this day and age.

But books are not the only media available to us. Here are a few others:

  • the web: blogs, research sites, reference websites and more
  • TV
  • radio
  • DVD/CD
  • periodicals and magazines
  • e-magazines

You may not see adequately stocked book stores in your locality. Perhaps you are not even able to afford some of the books that you would love to order online. The internet is a huge library that anyone – young or old – can take advantage of for self development. Anyone in any field can use search engines like Google and Bing to find information on almost any subject or topic under the sun.

We must read. We must keep reading. Whether we are reading paper books or e-books, reading is still the primary (and perhaps most effective) way to learn in today’s world. What books have you read recently?

BEDTIME STORIES

A bedtime story is a traditional form of storytelling, where a story is told to a child at bedtime to prepare the child for sleep. Bedtime stories can be read from a book, or may be made up. The stories tend to be short, with a happy ending.bedtimestories_1356045c

Bedtime stories have many advantages for both adults and children. We will focus on the benefits to the child.

  • sharing a bedtime story with a child builds their vocabulary
  • sharing a bedtime story with a child helps the child to love reading
  • sharing a bedtime story with a child promotes their motor skills, through learning to turn the pages
  • sharing a bedtime story with a child helps improve the child’s memory
  • sharing a bedtime story with a child  reduces the child’s stress levels and can help with better sleep
  • sharing bedtime stories with a child builds a greater bond between parent and child

Telling bedtime stories may not be a popular way of life here, and especially in today’s fast-paced work setting. However, perhaps a parent can fix a day or two a week – possibly weekends – when they can read or tell stories to their children.

There are popular folk tales, as well as stories from other cultures, that almost any child will love and enjoy. Many children stories can be sourced online and from books. First Veritas has a range of story books that you might want to have a look at. The very nice thing about children and stories is that should they like a story, they want to hear it again and again, so there is no pressure to come up with something new each night..

Do you tell your child bedtime stories? Did you get told bedtime stories when you were younger? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments section below.

BUILDING A ROBUST VOCABULARY IS IMPORTANT

vocUcover2Your vocabulary is the totality of all the words known and used by you. This hinges a lot of things on your vocabulary. Here are a number of reasons why possessing a larger vocabulary is important:

  1. It improves your vocal and written communication. you are able to say what you mean with finer precision and detail. Sometimes, the difference between one thing and the other is a tiny difference in definition.
  2. A broader vocabulary boosts your thinking and analytic ability. You are able to be more pinpointed in your thinking.
  3. A broader vocabulary will help you understand other people better.
  4. While it may seem vain, a broader vocabulary makes a good impression on others. The more effectively and skilfully you are able to communicate, the better the impression you make on others.

Now that you understand why developing a broader vocabulary is important, how do you go about it? Here are a few tips to help you build a wider vocabulary:

  1. One way to improve your vocabulary is to get a thesaurus, or other books dedicated to helping you do so. For example, First Veritas has a range of books and resources that help students build their vocabulary.
  2. Get a website, a smartphone app or a magazine that provides “word of the day” tips
  3. Read. Read books, newspapers, magazines and everything you can lay your hands on
  4. Listen to people who have a broader vocabulary. Listen to the news.
  5. Then write down the new words that you find as you read and listen, and use those words as often as you can, so that they become a part of your every day thinking processes.

Do not forget: the point of a broader vocabulary is not to confuse or impress others. It is to think and communicate wit greater precision. Start building a more robust vocabulary today.

How To Make Your Child Appreciate Reading

Getting a child interested in reading needs creativity. You just can give a child a book and expect him or her to like it immediately. Parents should be the first ones to motivate their children to appreciate reading. Showing the child that you love reading too is one good way of motivating. Give your kid books that are just right for his or her level of understanding. For little children, make sure that the books are interesting and colorful such as that in the Pinwheel Series.

School Books in Nigeria should not only focus rote learning. Even bigger pupils will appreciate if their primary school books are engaging as well. Putting colorful pictures relevant to the subject matter is one way sustaining a student’s interest in reading. When a child gets into the habit of reading, learning will be more enjoyable and he or she will develop the love for advance studies by making his own research.

8 Healthy Practices for Your Preschooler

Preschoolers are capable of learning healthy habits if taught well. Education in Nigeria should incorporate these topics in their lessons. Parents at home should also do their share. Children can be stubborn sometimes hence teaching them to embrace healthy habits can be tricky and needs creativity. Here are some helpful ideas:

  1. Be a role model. Attitudes are caught, not taught. So if you wish them to eat healthy, set an example.
  2. Be realistic. New habits are not formed overnight. Take small steps with them but be consistent. Small successes are effective empowerment to be better the next time around.
  3. Move it. Encourage physical activity in the family. Let your child try varied activities.
  4. Promote positive attitude at home. Instead of saying “no” tell them what they can do.
  5. Enjoy the outdoors. Make family time fun exercise time. Biking, swimming, and walking are fun activities everybody will enjoy.
  6. Mind your rewards. Find creative ways of celebrating good behavior instead of rewarding them with TV time or video games.
  7. Get your child involved. Letting your children participate in meal planning and cooking is a good time to teach them the right kind of foods to eat.
  8. Limit TV time. Too much TV is not only detrimental to brain development, it also encourages a sedentary lifestyle and too much snacking.

It is never too early to teach children healthy habits. School books in Nigeria should include healthy habits in their lessons.

The History of Textbooks

When Did The Use Of Textbooks Start?

Textbooks are valuable tools for education. What once was started as printed copies has now evolved into electronic ones. Nonetheless, reputable publishers in Nigeria have come up with innovations to rise up to the challenge of creating school books in Nigeria that are relevant to present day learning needs and global competitiveness.

But do we know where and when did textbook use actually originated? It was said that the ancient Greeks created texts in scrolls specifically for the purpose of educating its students. As civilization grew, compulsory education became the trend and the ensuing development of teaching in Europe has paved the way to the printing of many standardized texts for children using the printing press.

The advancement in technology however has transformed not only the physical form of textbooks but also the way students are able to interact with them. As digital and online materials become more widespread, students have now easier access to information besides the traditional printed textbooks. For example, EBooks in PDF form, video lectures as well as online tutoring are only some of the many ways where updated and more relevant information can be culled out.

The Classic School Experience

Getting The Most Out Of Secondary School

 Secondary school is the best time for a lot of people. This is the time where school becomes more interesting because of the many activities that are being done. School now involves not only lessons but also a number of sports and club activities. Education takes a more rounded approach in order to prepare the youth for more responsibilities at the universities and in real life later on.

Education is Nigeria has indeed taken more concrete steps towards building and empowering the youth of the nation. Even school books in Nigeria across all levels are based on curricula with standards that are recognized all over the world.

School, Students & Attitude

Every student should realize that it is commitment to excellence that separates the average from the successful student. The school is the catalyst that provides the right environment for relevant education to take place while the student does his or her part in optimizing the opportunity presented. Schools committed to excellence should provide exceptional learning tools so that students are motivated to study and cultivate the correct attitude towards learning.

Publishers in Nigeria can show their support towards this goal by publishing quality school books in Nigeria. Making books that are responsive to the present learning needs of the modern student should be the aim of every publishing company. If we want out students to develop a good attitude towards learning, let us work together to provide them with the right learning environment.