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The Best Balance for Advanced Readers

When you Google the term “reading”, you may notice that all of the top hits are about reading remediation and how to help the struggling reader. However, this is not the only challenge that parents could have with their children and the process of learning to read. Some children are amazing readers, but it is still important to support and assist in book choice

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Reading Around the World

The International Children’s Library website has free digital stories for children ranging from age three through thirteen enabling reading around the world. The kid friendly website allows children to pick stories by their age, topic, length, awards, ratings, and even by the color of the cover of the book.   However, in this database of books, language is the top priority. Since this is an

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Helping your Struggling Beginning Reader by using the Epic Library App (4 of 4)

When supporting your struggling beginning reader at home, technology can be a great starting point to build interest in reading.  Whether on a tablet or on a computer, technology can be a big motivator to children to grasp beginning reading concepts.  There is a popular reading app, Epic, that is motivating elementary-aged children to read. Epic is a reading e-library that is available on

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Helping your Struggling Beginning Reader:  Catching their Interest (3 of 4)

In our first post in this series, you learned how to determine your child’s reading level and how to help them to pick books that are at their level.  In this post, you will learn strategies for Helping your Struggling Beginning Reader:  Catching their Interest in order for your child to become interested and engaged in reading at home. Allow your child the option to pick

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Helping your Struggling Beginning Reader through Explicit Instruction (2 of 4)

Children can struggle when learning to read for many reasons.  There may be an underlying disability like dyslexia, a hearing or vision impairment, or difficulty focusing.  Other issues may arise from the lack of early reading experience.  However, even children who don’t have a diagnosed disability and had many early reading experiences may still struggle to learn how to read.  Helping your Struggling Beginning

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Helping your Struggling Beginning Reader (1 of 4)

When children are learning to read, they need support beyond the classroom in order to become fluent readers.  In order to Support provided at home is key during this transition time.  Creating a print rich environment where reading is a daily activity is encouraged for helping your struggling beginning reader.  Students who read a minimum of 20 minutes per day at home are exposed

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Best Fall Book Releases for Kids

With the start of school and the holidays quickly coming upon us, many authors and publishing companies release some of the top books of the year. Check out these new releases for children’s books. For the ages 3-5, the best release of the fall (August 2015) is The Day the Crayons Came Home written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. This is

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Spooky Mysteries for your Tween

With Halloween right around the corner, October is a great month to encourage your child to read mysteries. The genre of mysteries engages young readers because it turns them into a detective to follow the clues that they have to try to decipher the mystery. It is also one of the most popular genres for adult readers too! Here are a few great mystery

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Real Reading: Historical Fiction (4 of 4)

Real Reading: Historical Fiction (4 of 4) Historical Fiction novels are stories where the plot or setting is set in the past. Typically, the books are historically accurate with facts, but the story line is fictional or may have fictional components. Historical fiction as a genre makes it easy to lend itself to the idea of building text-to-self and text-to-world content at home with

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Real Reading: Non-Fiction Connections (3 of 4)

Reading non-fiction in the classroom is on the rise due to the increased emphasis on non-fiction reading and analysis in Common Core. Common Core emphasizes that it is an important skill for college and career readiness since that is what adults are reading and analyzing for work. However, in the past children were typically exposed to reading primarily fiction stories in school. To create non-fiction

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