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Tying Reading to Community Activities (2 of 4)

One way to help make reading real for your child and to help build their understanding of books they are reading is to build connections through home and community activities. Tying reading to community activities helps to build their text-to-self and text-to-world connections as well as increasing reading comprehension skills. Activities within the community that you can do to help build text-to-world and text-to-self

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Making Reading Real (1 of 4)

Making connections with reading and real life is a great way to encourage children to build their confidence and comprehension in reading. When reading, children build connections in three different ways. They do it through text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world connections. Text-to-text is when children make connections between different books and passages that they read. Text-to-self is when children are able to make the connection

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Reinforcing the Concepts of Style, Tone, and Point of View at Home (Part 4 of 4)

The style of a story is how the author uses different language within the story. Literarydevices.net has a list of the different types of styles that children will see in fiction stories that include examples. This site is designed for parents or older children, but will give you the basic information needed to help your younger child to determine the style of the story

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Reinforcing the Concepts of Characterization, Conflict and Mood at Home (Part 3 of 4)

Characterization includes the traits of how the characters develop within the story. Reinforcing the Concepts of Characterization, Conflict and Mood at home can help create a life long love of reading in your children. While your child is reading a story you can ask them how a character has changed or what has happened in to the character. Here is very engaging video of

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Reinforcing the Concepts of Plot, Theme & Setting at Home (Part 2 of 4)

Plot, theme and setting are important to the overall understanding of a fictional story. Reinforcing these concepts can be help your children develop a life long love of reading. The plot encompasses the events that occur within a story. When your child is reading, you can assist them to recognize the plot by asking them what has happened in the story. They should be

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Elements of Literature (Part 1 of 4)

As your child is reading a story, whether for pleasure or for school, it is important for them to be able to recognize and respond to questions about the elements of literature. Elements of literature include plot, theme, setting, characterization, conflict, mood, style, tone, and point of view. This series will cover the different elements of literature and activities that you can do at

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Back to School Books – Favorites for Beginning Independent Readers

To conclude this series about books with the theme of back to school, the focus will be on children who are beginning independent readers.  Suggestions will include an online leveled reader and chapter books great for your 1st through 3rd grader.  These stories will help your children get back into “school mode” as summer winds down.  These back to school books are favorites for

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Back to School Books – Tween Favorites

Upper-elementary school aged children also love stories about back-to-school and other silly school stories.  No matter their age, children can experience the excitement and anticipation to starting a new school year, in a new room, with a new teacher, and wondering which friends (or foes) may be in their class for the year.  These two back to school books are tween favorites. One book

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Back-to-School Books – PreK to Kindergarten

Do you have a preschooler (Prek) who will be entering kindergarten this fall? If so, your child may experience a wide range of emotions including excitement and apprehension.  They will be going to a new school with new children and new teachers.  There are many picture books and early reader books that help to ease this transition and help children to understand what to

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Reading Skills and Summer Movies

We struggle every year with keeping our children’s reading skills up while they are off for the summer.  This year, try combining reading skills and summer movies to keep their skills sharp while maintaing the spirit of summer fun! Every summer, Regal Entertainment Group (Movies) offers two movies a week on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings for only $1.00. These are previously released movies that are

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