General Reading & Writing

1203, 2015

The Truth About Spelling

“A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the other one.”
~ Baltasar Gracian

I’ve heard, “My child is horrible at spelling. What do I do?”
Additionally, I raised two boys that are horrible spellers. However, your children can get good at spelling. This is good news.
Here is the truth about spelling:

Research shows that […]

503, 2015

You Too Can Write A Limerick

Help Your Kids Write Limericks Like A Boss (Irishman/ Irishwoman) 🙂

There once was a man from Nantucket,
Who kept all of his cash in a bucket,
But his daughter, named Nan,
Ran away with a man,
And as for the bucket, Nantucket.

Kids love limericks. Reading them and writing them are guaranteed to make you and your kids […]

2702, 2015

Top 7 St. Patrick’s Day Books For Kids

St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.
~Adrienne Cook

Rush to your local library and check out the following books just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.
It’s time to get your Irish on. 🙂
You and your kids will love the following books.
1. The Night […]

2002, 2015

How Writing Is Like Playing Basketball

“Everyone needs a coach. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast, or a bridge player.” (or a writer, or a reader) ~ Bill Gates

Writing is like playing basketball. Rebound- LOTS.
My friend, Helen Stanphill, who wrote for Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Jr. Magazine,was a guest author in one of […]

1302, 2015

What Everyone Should Know About Independent Writing

 

Part 6 of 6: Balanced Literacy

You can make anything by writing. ~ C.S. Lewis

Writing instruction is as vast as the ocean; there are many, many different books, lessons, and curriculum available to help chart the course. In this post, I will attempt to outline what independent writing looks like and why it needs to be […]

3101, 2015

3 Reasons To Write Aloud (Modeled Writing)

Part 5 of 6: Balanced Literacy

You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page.
You can’t edit a blank page.
Jodi Picoult

Writing aloud is synonymous with modeled writing. Modeled writing is an important component to balanced literacy.
Balanced Literacy involves the following:
Guided Reading
Reading Aloud
Self Selected Reading
Word Work
Modeled Writing- This post
Independent […]

2401, 2015

Making Words-Nuts & Bolts to Reading

Making Words

4 of 6 in series- Balanced Literacy

We live and breathe words. – Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince

Good readers use multiple strategies while struggling readers tend to cling to one. (Generally, poor readers cling to decoding which I call “hiss and spit – sounding out words.”) I find most children don’t know how to blend […]

1201, 2015

Self Selected Reading in 7 steps.

Part 3 of 6 – Balanced Literacy

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”
~ Maya Angelou, poet

This is the 3rd post in a series of 6 titled: Balanced Literacy
Balanced Literacy consists of the following: Guided Reading, Reading […]

2712, 2014

5 Secrets to Reading Aloud Success

How to read aloud to your child successfully
Part 2 of 6- Balanced Literacy

“There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.”
— May Ellen Chase

Guided Reading is just one piece to the balanced literacy puzzle. Another piece is reading aloud to your child. This is one of the most valuable pieces. […]

1512, 2014

Beginner’s Guide to Guided Reading

 
Part 1 of 6- Balanced Literacy

Guided reading is small-group reading instruction designed to provide differentiated teaching that supports students in developing reading proficiency. ~ Gay Su Pinnell & Irene C. Flountas
This post is part 1 of a 6 part series: Balanced Literacy. Just like eating a balanced diet is important to ensure proper nutrition and […]

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