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1009, 2015

How To Read Aloud With Your Young Children

Originally posted on Moms Magazine

“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.” — Kate DiCamillo

Reading aloud with your child should always be a special time. It is the single most important thing you can do for your child to set them […]

409, 2015

This Is What Happens When You Read Aloud To Your Baby

Originally posted on Moms Magazine

“Next to hugging your child, reading aloud is probably the longest lasting experience that you can put into your child’s life. You will savor it long after they have grown up. Reading aloud is important for all the reasons that talking to children is important – to inspire them, to guide […]

608, 2015

3 Keys To Easing Your Child’s First Day Jitters

Originally posted on Moms Magazine

You’re off to great places. Today is your day.
Your mountain is waiting so get on your way. ~ Dr. Seuss

Back to school jitters
As aisles and shopping carts fill with back to school supplies, visions of going back to school fill children, teachers, and parents minds.
With every new, bright and shiny […]

1707, 2015

How Cooking With Kids Increases Literacy

“…no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.”
~ Julia Child

Cooking with kids is one of my favorite ways to increase literacy.
When I taught in the classroom, I always incorporated cooking with kids into our lessons. (As a mom, I do the same.) We made homemade butter. We read Johnny Appleseed and […]

207, 2015

5 Reasons To Go To The Library This Summer

Originally posted on Moms Magazine

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
― Jorge Luis Borges

The library is a marvelous place. It is filled with adventure inside of every book. My kids loved going to the library when they were little. Now, they are grown up, and we still go to the […]

2506, 2015

How Getting Your Child A Pet Increases Literacy

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
― Anatole France

 
A child’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development is often accelerated by daily interactions with a pet. Getting your child a pet helps their mind grow through social and emotional bonds.

All this cognitive growth increases literacy. Here’s how:

Encourages Non-Fiction Reading

Getting your […]

3005, 2015

5 Ways Gardening With Kids Increases Literacy

“Gardening is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow.” – Unknown

You can literally cultivate a love of literacy. Gardening with kids increases their literacy skills in fun and natural ways. Just by being together and gardening, you are not only cultivating soil, but important literacy skills. There are many, many ways gardening with […]

1104, 2015

5 Amazing Benefits Of Going To The Library

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
― Jorge Luis Borges

When my boys were younger, we visited the library weekly. We made it a priority. We planned for it and put it in the schedule. Today, they are avid readers. Their lives were enriched by the amazing benefits of going […]

512, 2014

3 Steps To Helping Your Child Be A Better Reader

 

Reading Fitness
3 Keys To Reading

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. ~ Emily Buchwald

Being physically fit encompasses 3 components: strength, endurance, and flexibility.
Being able to read well also comprises the same three components. Include these components when working with your children, and your children will be on the road to a fit, […]

2311, 2014

3 Surprising Best Gifts For Kids

 

Each day provides its own gifts. – Marcus Aurelius

Wouldn’t it be great to give a gift with lasting benefits and no need for batteries and electricity? In fact, wouldn’t it be great to give a gift that isn’t dependent upon an electrical device not crashing? Down below are 3 of the best gifts to give […]

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