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Fall Reading Fun: Part 4

No matter what season it is, children enjoy spending time with friends.  Fall is no exception to that. These fun fall books encourage friendship, and the activities that go along with each book are perfect for friends to do together! (If you like these fall activities, you can find more fall fun in part 1, part 2, and part 3 of this series.) Fall

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Fall Reading Fun: Part 3

Fall is such a fun time of year, and there are so many fun books that teach children about the beauty of this season.  In these fall books, the emphasis is on what children can see and find in nature around them during the fall season. (You can find more fall nature books and activities in part 1 and part 2 of this series.)

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Fall Reading Fun: Part 2

While there are many fun things to do during the Fall season, many children enjoy doing the simple things that they may not have a chance to do at other times.  In the second part of our Fall Reading Fun series, we focus on the fall harvest. (You can read about even more fun fall books and activities in the first post of this

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Fall Reading Fun: Part 1

Fall has arrived, and no matter where you live around the world, your children will enjoy reading stories about this fun season.  In this four part series, you will hear about some favorite fall picture books along with a corresponding activity that you can do with your child for each book. Bare Tree Fall Painting Start by reading Leaf Trouble by Jonathan Emmett.  In

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Favorite Picture Books about Color

One of the concepts that children work on during their first years of school are colors.  Of course most children probably know their colors before school.  Learning the color words can be a little more tricky.  Students have to memorize the color words and associate them with the color they belong to.  You can help your child learn the color words by reading some

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Ways to Keep Children Reading

Many times we as parents are willing to work to keep our children reading during the summer.  We know that it is important for them to read outside of school.  However, once school starts again we get busy.  Homeschooling all day or after school homework takes up our time, and we let the reading time slip away.  Here are some ways that you can

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Reading for Fun

We require our children to read all school year long.  They read for science and social studies; they read the required stories for reading class.  But do we give our children the chance to read for pleasure?  There are several reasons why we should let our children read just for fun. Reading for Fun Develops their Reading Personality When you let your child read

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Back to School Books

Does your child have first day jitters?  Are they already starting to worry about their new teacher?  Thankfully there are some great back to school books that  can help you talk to your child about those worries. Back to School Books for Young Children The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn – In this beautiful story, a little raccoon is fearful of his first day

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Timelines to Increase Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension is a skill that we know is important but sometimes struggle to help our children with.  In our series on increasing reading comprehension, we have discussed taking notes and using drawings to help our children remember and understand what they are reading.  Another great way to increase reading comprehension is by using a timeline. What is a Timeline? A timeline is simply

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Drawing to Increase Reading Comprehension

It is so important for our children to understand and remember what they read in books and stories. In our increasing reading comprehension series, we last looked at how taking notes can help a child better understand the stories they read. Another way to increase reading comprehension is by drawing pictures to go along with the story. How Does Drawing Pictures Help? One of

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