Magic Town's Blog
December 12th, 2012 by matthew
There are over 80 stories in Magic Town, with new ones being added all the time. Some stories are refreshingly new, licensed from contemporary authors, but many are classic fairy tales with long and varied histories. We thought we’d take the time to put a story in the spotlight, and find out its interesting origins…
This week we’re looking at Sleeping Beauty, a story we’ve all come across one time or another. We’re releasing it today as a standalone app for iPad and iPhone, and it’s free for a limited time only. Download it here.
Compared with other fairy tales, the details of the story have changed remarkably little over the 400 years it’s been around. Well, if you gloss over ogres and attempted cannibalism, that is.
October 30th, 2012 by Andi
Welcome back to our guest blogger, parenting expert Sue Atkins. This month Sue has advice for parents on how to speak with their children. Take it away, Sue!
We all know how important it is to share story time with young children. Likewise, the daily conversations children have with adults are critical as well.
Empowering children with a wide vocabulary aids their confidence, their linguistic sophistication and their ability to express their emotions in a healthy manner. It also gives them the tools they need to communicate articulately, without becoming frustrated.
Here are some tips for how to have positive conversations with your children:
October 11th, 2012 by Andi
Welcome back to our guest blogger, parenting expert Sue Atkins. October is dyslexia awareness month, so Sue has some guidance for parents whose children may be struggling with reading because of dyslexia .
Have you ever studied a foreign language and been confused by the words in the textbook? Now, imagine what it would be like to feel that way every time you picked up a book even in English. This will give you some idea what it means to be a child who is dyslexic.
Children with dyslexia see letters on the page but can have trouble “breaking the code” to make sense of the words. Reading, writing, comprehension and spelling can be challenging. Children with dyslexia may also struggle to discriminate differences in letter sounds, and may reverse letters in a word, or words in a sentence. It’s important to emphasize, however, that dyslexia isn’t the result of a lack of intelligence or laziness.
If your child is dyslexic, hopefully he or she was diagnosed early and is receiving special help with reading at school. But as parents you can also help your dyslexic children at home. Your attitude, interest, enthusiasm and patience are crucial to your child’s success with reading.