literacy

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

1809, 2014

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