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Building Vocabulary by Reading

A child’s strong vocabulary can be a great help to him during both his time in school and his life in general.  In a nutshell, vocabulary indicates how many words a child can both understand and use.  Children build vocabulary naturally by hearing other people talk around him.  However, over time your child will need to add to his vocabulary in other ways as

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Literature Genres: Nonfiction Reading for Children

Parents and children alike often avoid choosing nonfiction books to read.  They are seen as boring and uninteresting.  But not all nonfiction books are boring!  The key is finding a subject that your child is interested in and reading books about that subject.  Does your child like to play outside?  Then find books about plants or animals.  Does your child like to use cars

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Why Nonfiction Reading is Important

I think I could safely say that most kids would choose a fiction book over a nonfiction book on any given day.  I can’t blame them.  After all, most of the books on my reading list are fiction.  However, we need to encourage our children to read nonfiction books as well for several reasons. Nonfiction Reading Prepares Children Junior high, high school, and college

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Studying an Author

Completing an author study is a great opportunity to dig deeper into the books your child is reading.  An author study involves reading several books by the same author and then learning about the author’s life as well.  It is a little more work than just letting your children read, but the benefits are worth the extra work. Choose an Author While their are

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Keeping a Reading Log

One way that you can help your child grow as a reader is by setting up a reading log for him.  By using a reading log, your child can track his own progress as a reader which will then encourage him to keep reading. What is a Reading Log? A reading log is a journal of every book your child reads.  A reading log

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Practicing Oral Reading on Video

Many children love to see themselves in pictures and in videos.  They make silly faces and beg to see how the picture turned out.  They ham it up for the video camera and then want to watch the clip over and over again.  Why not use this desire as a way to practice oral reading? Most laptops or tablets these days come with a

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Reading Responses with Drama

Children love dramatic play of all types.  They like to dress up, play pretend, and act out movies and stories.  You can use the natural drama of a child to allow them opportunities to respond to reading instead of using art or discussions. Dress like a Book Character Children who enjoy drama will like to dress up as their favorite character in the story

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Practice, Practice, Practice Reading

One of the keys to raising children who are readers is to get them reading fluently as soon as possible.  A child who finds reading easy will often also enjoy reading.  However until a child is reading fluently, they need lots of practice sounding out words and reading sight words.  Rather than just reading the same short stories over and over, why not change

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Reading Responses with Discussion

Children need to respond to what they are reading in some way.  In our last post, we listed some ways that children can use art to further their reading experience.  Another great way to encourage children to respond to reading is through discussion. Discussion about Plot Events Ask your child to tell you the main things that happened in the story.  Encourage them to

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Reading Responses with Writing

It is important for children to respond to reading in some way.  It helps them enjoy the story more and allows you as parents to be sure that they are understanding what they are reading.  They can respond to reading in different ways including art, discussions, and dramatic play.  Another interesting way to respond to reading is by writing about the story. Writing to

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