General Reading & Writing

2310, 2015

7 Top Magazines For Kids That Keep Them Reading

Magazines are delightful; they’re like stepping into a real world without all the pages of a novel. ~ Pamela Hall

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of these companies. I am not doing a sponsored post for them. I am simply sharing what I think are quality magazines that get children hooked on reading.
Do you […]

810, 2015

30 Days To Becoming A Better Writer

Be ruthless about protecting writing days… ~ J.K. Rowling

Writing is one of the most important life skills to have; yet, it is often overlooked and left out in school. Our kids need to be better writers, but many parents and teachers avoid writing because they are uncertain how to teach it correctly or assess it. […]

2609, 2015

9 Amazing Benefits Of A Family Nature Walk

Originally  posted on Moms Magazine

Let nature be your teacher ~ William Wordsworth

In the northern hemisphere, the leaves are already beginning to change color. Trees are displaying variegated leaves of greens, yellows, browns, reds, and oranges. When I step outside, I notice the air is getting chillier and has a familiar smell; hello autumn!
Autumn is a […]

1709, 2015

What Every Parent Needs To Know About The 5 R’s

“When I say to a parent, “read to a child”, I don’t want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate. ” — Mem Fox

I bet you’ve heard of the 3 R’s: reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic. But have you heard of the 5R’s? If you haven’t, you are going to be […]

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 […]

2708, 2015

Comprehend With Competency: Strategies That Improve Your Child’s Comprehension

In fourth grade, I learned that reading was serious business, not just a pleasant way to pass the time, and that like medicine or engineering, it had a definite, valuable purpose: to foster comprehension.
Walter Kirn
Have you ever gotten to the bottom of a page only to think: What in the world did I just read? […]

2207, 2015

10 Examples of How Reading and Writing Go Together Like Peanut Butter & Jelly

Learn as much by writing as by reading – Lord Acton

I’m often asked by parents how they can help their children be better at reading and writing. Well, the answer is simpler than you think: write. Read. That’s the answer, it’s not elaborate or magical. The way your child gets better at writing is to […]

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 […]

1406, 2015

5 Free Story Writing Websites For Kids

Writing a book is an adventure—Winston Churchill

I’m so excited to find these free writing websites for kids and share them with you. Often, kids say that they don’t like to write. These websites are sure to help them fuel their creativity and motivate them to write.
When I talk about writing, I am talking about […]