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How to Start a Family Book Club

Have you ever wondered what your older children are reading in their free time?  Maybe you want to be able to talk about the books they are reading, but don’t know what to ask them?  Have you ever considered starting a Family Book Club? We often think of book clubs as an excuse for adults to get together for adult conversation, but a family

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Identify the Setting of a Story

Identify the Setting of a Story Where and when did this story take place?  The answer is the setting of a book or story.  It’s a simple enough question, and yet it can be tricky for children to figure out (especially young children).  You can help your child learn to identify the setting of a story by asking them some simple questions about what

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Teaching Your Child about the Parts of a Book

Five Parts of a Book There are five parts of a book that every child should know how to identify and use.  You can help your children learn about these important tools while you read with them. Title Page The title page is the page directly inside the front cover that lists the title, author, illustrator, and publishing company. When reading a book, it

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Choosing Books Based on the Three Purposes of Writing

Three Purposes of Writing Every author writes with one of three purposes of writing in mind.  He either writes to persuade, to inform, or to entertain.  Most children tend to choose books that entertain – novels, comic books, etc.  However, it is helpful to at least introduce your child to reading materials that can inform or persuade as well.  But how do you do

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Make Reading Enjoyable for your Child

How many times have you heard your child complain about having to read? Do you hear things like – “Reading is boring,” “I just don’t like to read,” or “I don’t want to read”?  It can be hard to get your child interested in reading, but it can be done. Here are some tips to show your child that reading can be more than

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Using Reading Contests to Encourage Independent Reading

The more a child practices reading, the better they will become.  However, many children will not choose to read in their free time.  A reading contest is a great way to encourage them to read outside school! What are Reading Contests? Reading contests are fun competitions designed to encourage children to read on their own.  They track their individual reading activity for a certain

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