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Learning Sight Words Can Be Fun

Sight words are a necessary part of learning to read.  Of course, it is important to be able to sound out new words, but there are so many words that cannot be sounded out.  Words like “were”, “some”, “love”, and so many more.  These words that cannot be sounded out are called sight words.  The only way to really learn sight words is to

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Onomatopoeia – Figurative Language

Figurative language is language that authors use to make their writing more colorful.  Alliteration, hyperbole, similes and metaphors, personification, and idioms allow writers to say things in more interesting ways.  The last type of figurative language we will discuss is onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia The simplest way to explain onomatopoeia to children is by telling them that onomatopoeia words are sound words.  You could also say

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Idioms – Figurative Language

Authors use figurative language often to make their writing more vivid, but it can be a struggle for some children to understand figures of speech such as hyperbole, similes and metaphors, and personification.  Idioms are another type of figurative language that can be confusing for children. Idioms Idioms are phrases that put together common words to form a meaning completely different from the dictionary

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Hyperbole – Figurative Language

Figurative language allows authors to change the meanings of words to paint a clear picture in their writing. It also make the writing more interesting for the readers.  So far in this series, we have talked about alliteration, similes and metaphors, and personification.  Another fun type of figurative language is hyperbole. Hyperbole Hyperbole is the use of exaggeration to add humor to a story. 

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Personification – Figurative Language

So far in our series on figurative language, we have discussed alliteration and the difference between similes and metaphors.  Remember figurative language is a descriptive way of saying things that adds variety to writing. Personification Personification gives human characteristics to non-human objects.  This allows the author to bring an inanimate object to life and describe it in new ways.  For example, you could describe

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Similes and Metaphors – Figurative Language

Figurative language is when words are used to mean something beyond the literal meaning of the actual words.  Because the words are being used in an often unusual way, it can be tricky for children to understand the word picture being painted by the author.  In the last post in this series, we discussed the use of alliteration in books. Similes and Metaphors Similes

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Fantasy – Children’s Literature Genres

Fantasy – Children’s Literature Genres The last post in our literature genres series dealt with the science fiction genre.  The fantasy genre is often confused with science fiction, but there are some very clear differences between them. Fantasy Characteristics Fantasy novels are set in an entirely new world completely different from the world as we know it.  The setting of a fantasy novel will

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Alliteration – Figurative Language

Figurative language is when words are used to mean something beyond the literal meaning of the actual words.  Authors write with figurative language often to make their writing more vivid and descriptive.  Because the words are being used in an often unusual way, it can be tricky for children to understand the word picture being painted by the author. Alliteration One interesting form of

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Fun with Rhyming Words

Rhyming Words Books Have you ever noticed how many favorite children’s books are filled with rhyming words?  The Cat in the Hat, Moose on the Loose, and The Big Red Barn are just a few of the many, many rhyming books that children love.  Kids love not only to read rhyming books, but they also enjoy playing rhyming games with you.  Rhyming games are

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Folktales – Children’s Literature Genres

The folktale genre covers several different types of stories.  In general, folktales are short stories that have been passed down orally from generation to generation.  This includes fairy tales, myths, tall tales, legends, and fables.  Because the stories are short, children love to read and listen to the stories over and over again. Characteristics of Folktales While all folktales are short stories, each type

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