General Reading & Writing

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 […]

1611, 2014

5 Amazing Versions Of A Christmas Classic

 Christmas Books For Your Family

I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.
Charles Dickens

T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…
Reading this poem by Clement Moore at Christmas time is a Christmas tradition in our home. Jan Brett’s […]

811, 2014

5 Ways To Kill Your Child’s Motivation To Write

 

If I waited until I felt like writing, I’d never write at all. ~ Anne Tylor

I hear people say this frequently, “My child doesn’t like to write. How do I get them to write.” Well, the truth is that children love to write. What they hate is red ink all over their paper and no […]

2710, 2014

Alliteration: Recognizing & Using It

 

5 Quick Ways To Incorporate Alliteration Into Your Language Lessons

“Tempted to type meaningless twaddle all the time on Twitter…with alliteration, no less!”- E.A. Bucchianeri

I love alliteration! I love how the words roll off the tip of my tongue. In fact, just saying the word is fun: al-LIT-eration, AL-literation, alliter-A-tion, Allitera-TION.   Children love alliteration too. […]

2310, 2014

Dumb Down Vocabulary: Do or Don’t?

Should parents and teachers dumb down vocabulary?

 
No, Don’t!

The Vocabulary Debacle
Today, while teaching a group of 4th- 6th graders fables and fairy tales, I said to the class, “If you have a sibling in the class you may only take one package of seeds. You may share with your sibling.” I heard a murmur, “What’s […]

1210, 2014

Halloween & Learning to Read Don’t Have To Be Scary

 
Reading is scary for some children. Halloween is scary for some children.

I love the spirit of Halloween and the energy that comes with it. ~ Katharine McPhee
 Even though Halloween is exciting, it is scary for some children just like reading is a scary experience for some children.

How can we make learning to read and […]

310, 2014

2 Great Cloud Books & Activities

Clouds, clouds, clouds… What do you see in the clouds?

Behind every cloud is another cloud. ~Judy Garland

I love gazing at the clouds on a sunny day when the backdrop is definitely sky blue. I like flat clouds, big clouds, fluffy clouds, and all kinds of clouds. They have technical names such as stratus, cirrus, cumulonimbus, […]

2409, 2014

Here’s A Quick Way to Get Kids Reading

Get Smooth At Reading & Writing With Smoothies
Smoothies aren’t just for summer time. In fact, anytime is a good time for a smoothie. Amazingly, making a smoothie gets kids reading.

All summer, I made berry, banana, peach, and kale smoothies. (My own creations with fresh mint leaves AND sometimes I left the mint leaves out and […]

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