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Reading Responses with Art

When a child reads a book whether it is fiction or nonfiction, they should respond to what they have read in some way.  A fun way to respond to is through art.  Children will look forward to the pleasure of completing a fun project after they have finished a book or story. Painting the Setting Have your child describe the setting of the book.

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The Benefits of Daily Reading

One of the ways you can help your child the most is by encouraging them to have a short daily reading time every night.  This can be extremely hard to accomplish, especially for children who don’t enjoy reading or who struggle with reading. Why Read Daily? For children who don’t read fluently, the only way to improve is to practice.  Just like playing a

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The Tournament: World Cup Reading

The World Cup is a soccer championship held every four years.  It has been exciting to watch the games, cheer for favorite teams, and chart the winners to see who moves on to the next round.  You can hold your own World Cup tournament of books with your child. Tournament Setup Either you or your child should choose 32 books to read for the

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The Players: World Cup Reading

World Cup fever is in the air this summer.  Everyone is talking about the sport of soccer, the countries playing, and the players themselves.  Children who are enjoyed watching the World Cup will like reading these books based on some famous soccer players throughout the years. (And they will be reading biographies – a genre that many children tend to avoid.) Stars of the

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Finding the Theme of a Book

Every novel has an overarching theme: a message that the author is trying to get across.  It can be very challenging for children to learn how to identify the theme of a book. Here are some ways that you can make identifying a theme easier. List Common Book Themes Start with a list of common book themes.  Spend a few days talking about those

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The Sport of Soccer: World Cup Reading

The sport of soccer is a popular topic this summer.  Everyone is watching and talking about the World Cup.  If your child enjoyed watching the World Cup games this year, then they will probably enjoy reading about soccer as well.  You will score a goal with some of these books about the sport of soccer. Soccer Books for Young Children Even little children will

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Poetry: Reading Out Loud

Poetry has a lyrical beautiful sound to it when it is read out loud.  Your child may love reading poetry out loud without any special strategies, but just in case they don’t, here are some ways that you can make reading poetry more fun. Hold a Poetry Reading Tell your children that they are going to put on a poetry reading for you as

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The Countries: World Cup Reading

Soccer is popular world-wide, and there are many countries that participate in the World Cup games.  If your child enjoyed watching the different games, you have a great opportunity to encourage them to read about some of the countries that played. Emphasize Geography Reading about soccer around the world is a great way to not only encourage reading, but also mix in some geography

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Conflict in Stories

Every good story has a problem of some kind.  In literary terms the problem is called a conflict.  Conflict is part of what keeps the story flowing.  There are several main types of conflict found within stories. External Confict External conflicts are problems between the main character and other people or things around him. A story may have several of these conflicts throughout it

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Compare Books and Movies

These days, many of the movies being produced are based on popular children and teen books.  These movies provide a great opportunity to teach your child how to compare different media forms.  After all, a book and a movie tell the exact same story in very different ways.  By both reading the book and watching the movie with your child, you can have an

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