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The Importance of Inferring

Whether we know it or not, all of us make assumptions or come to conclusions as we read.  When we read that a character left the house holding an umbrella, we assume that it is raining.  When a character has to stretch to reach a top shelf, we come to the conclusion that the character is short.  These assumptions and conclusions are called inferences.

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Tools for Picking Just Right Books

We all know that it is important for our children to read. Reading on a regular basis helps them grow into stronger readers. But just reading any book is not as beneficial as when a child picks up a book that is just right for them. So how do you help your child in picking just right books? Picking the Right Topic You probably

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Fun Sources for Nonfiction Reading

As adults, most of us read nonfiction on a regular basis.  We read the newspaper or magazines. We look up information online or read our favorite blogs.  But when we think of children being required to read nonfiction, we tend to picture long boring books without any pictures.  In reality, there are many, many sources of interesting nonfiction out there for our children to

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Writing from Picture Books

One way that reading helps children is by inspiring better writing from them.  Children who are read to frequently will incorporate words and phrases from books into their own writing which them makes them better writers.  You can help you child with this by showing them how to write like a favorite author.  Here are 2 books that make it easy for young children

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Strategies for Reading Unknown Words

As your child grows as a reader, it will be common for them to come across words that they don’t already know. When this happens, the tendency on the part of a fluent reader (like a parent) is to simply say the word for the child and allow them to keep reading. However, always giving them the unknown word does not help your child

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The Importance of Nonfiction Text Features

We all know that our children should be reading at least some nonfiction.  Maybe they like to read books on their favorite sports stars, look at magazine articles from Highlights or Scholastic News, or research animals online.  No matter what form your child’s nonfiction reading takes, a key to understanding nonfiction is the ability to recognize common text features. What are Text Features? Nonfiction

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Help for Struggling Readers: Part 2 (Sight Words)

Children who dislike reading often feel that way because they struggle to read the words that make up a story or book.  Part of the problem may be a lack of understanding how to sound out words. (You can read more about how to help your child sound out words in this post.)  Another area that is difficult for struggling readers is sight words.

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Help for Struggling Readers: Part 1 (Phonics)

One of the primary reasons that children don’t enjoy reading is because reading can be very hard.  A child that struggles to read the words on the page cannot fully immerse himself in the story and therefore cannot truly enjoy the story.  If your child is struggling to read individual words, there are some ways that you can help. Stretch Out the Words Stretching

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Magic Reading Fingers

Children need practice reading out loud on a regular basis.  They need to read passages over and over to gain fluency (the ability to read smoothly).  However, reading out loud is often tricky for new readers and can quickly become a chore.  To add a little interest to reading time, you should try giving your child a magic reading finger. What are Magic Reading

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Favorite Thanksgiving Books

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Your children will most likely have some extra time off from school, and you will need some extra books to keep them reading and learning.  These books are exactly what you need to pass the extra time as you celebrate Thanksgiving together. Favorite Nonfiction Thanksgiving Books The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern – This simple book teaches

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