General Reading & Writing

801, 2017

5 Ways to Engage Kids in Writing New Year’s Resolutions

Setting and writing New Year’s Resolutions ring in with the new year. It is the time of year when most people reflect on their lives and take inventory of what went well and where to adjust the sails.

If you are like most people, you have many good things that happened in the past year, some […]

2008, 2016

How To Make A Chair Pocket for Under $2.00

Get organized with a chair pocket for under $2.00
A chair pocket is a wonderful way to organize writing tools such as notebooks and papers or store your books.
Recently, I was searching for a pattern to create a chair pocket. I love the ability to store your book in the pocket in the chair that […]

1508, 2016

12 Ways to Encourage Kids to Write

Do you ever wonder why kids don’t like to write? Their minds are filled with imagination, and they love to tell stories.

So why don’t kids write more?
Well, I think that somewhere along the way, their enthusiasm may have been crushed by too many rules or over correction. When I was a kid, I loved […]

3007, 2016

Get Epic! An Amazing Reading App for Kids

We are changing the world with technology.  ~ Bill Gates

Epic is a reading app for kids age 12 and under. It is a huge “unlimited” library of books kids read at their “just right level” or click the “read to me” option, and the book reads aloud to them.  Oh yeah, did I mention that […]

1402, 2016

Read Across America: A Fun Day To Celebrate

You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.
~ Dr. Seuss

“NEA’s Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, […]

2401, 2016

5 Ways Fairy Tales Help Your Child Excel In Reading

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” ~ Albert Einstein

January 26th is National Fairy Tale Day. (Yep. There truly is such a day! I’m glad, because I think fairy tales are invaluable to your child’s learning and […]

1401, 2016

National Reading Day- Get Kids Excited to Read With This Celebration

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” — Margaret Fuller

“National Reading Day is an annual event which celebrates and encourages reading by younger children. National Reading Day is celebrated in thousands of schools all around the United States. This literacy event is designed to help Pre-K through Third Grade students develop the literacy foundation they need […]

701, 2016

5 Free & Fun Reading Apps For Kids

Originally posted on Moms Magazine
We need to prepare students for their future, not our past.–Ian Jukes
These reading apps for kids are sure to spark some interest and develop a love for literacy. I search and reviewed many apps to find these five that are filled with good reading skills as well as free.

The Forest […]

301, 2016

6 Ways To Make Reading A Tasty Treat

I hear many kids say things like: “Reading’s not my thing. I’m a sports guy.” or “I hate reading.” I just don’t believe it. I tend to believe this quote:

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” J.K. Rowling

Reading is truly delightful. I know. I used to be the kid that […]

111, 2015

6 Keys To Making The Classics Come Alive

“Many of the greatest books are like a forest. The best way to get to know them is to wander right into the middle and get lost.” ~ Anthony Esolen

I was fortunate to write an article about getting kids hooked on the classics.  Nowadays, kids have so, so many options in literature that is good, […]

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