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Top 100 Children’s Books

Parents, now that Amazon has partnered with GoodReads, an online social media site geared toward reading and book reviews, to determine the top 100 children’s books (birth to age 12), you can get a list of the top 100 children’s books to read in a lifetime by clicking the link provided. The editors compiled this list based on books that made a memorable impact

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Reading Tips for Parents

Providing reading support at home for your child is important in developing their life-long love of reading. Here are some “reading tips for parents” of what you can do at home to support your children’s need to read: Check for comprehension! – ask questions while you are reading a story with your child to make sure they understand what they are reading. Take a “picture

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Getting Back into Routine – Back to School Books

For many kids around the country, school break is coming to a close and school is just around the corner.  This is a time when it is important to begin winding down on staying up late and having summer fun and get back into the school-routine.  Starting this a few weeks before school starts will allow your children the time to adjust and be

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Creative Writing with Legos – Making Writing Fun

If you have been reading this blog for a period of time, you will know that I love Legos ®.  They can be used in so many different ways beyond just building and creating items depicted on the box.  They can be used to create and solve math problems, be used to learn colors and sight words, and in this activity, they can be

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Creative Writing Story Bags

A fun activity to encourage reading, writing, and speaking that is great for doing at home is called story bags (or story sacks).  All you have to do to start this activity is to fill a bag with several items from around your house that can be used as a story-starter idea or even to tell a whole story.  This activity is great for

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Creative Writing – Making Reading, Writing, and Speaking Fun

In this series on creative writing, you will learn a variety of fun activities that you can do with your children at home to incorporate reading, writing, and speaking creatively.  Creative writing has many educational benefits including developing higher-level reading skills, better verbal thinking, better writing skills, and the ability to coherently tell a story. In school, creative writing typically incorporates keeping a journal

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Creative Writing Based Upon Books

Creative writing doesn’t always have to use a story starter in order to begin your story.  One creative twist to creative writing would be to base your writing from another story that you have read with your children.  You can start the activity by choosing a book to read with them and then plan are a variety of follow-up activities that you can do

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Best Books Before Bedtime – Fall into Reading

To conclude our series on Fall into Reading, we provide one more way that you can build good reading habits for this fall and the beginning of school. These strategies will help you to get back into the habit of practicing reading skills with your child at home and establishing a routine. In previous posts, we discussed reading fall themed books, creating a reading

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Modeling Reading at Home – Fall into Reading

One way to get back into the routine of reading at home is by modeling reading to your children. When you are at home, instead of watching T.V. or running around doing chores, it is important to take time to sit down and read. If your children are asked to keep a reading log for school, it is typically for 20-30 minutes a night.

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Creating a Reading Nook – Fall into Reading

One way to encourage your children to read at home this fall is by setting up a fun and quiet area where they can read their books. Depending on your children’s age and the space that you have in your home, reading nooks or corners can take on many different looks. However, the important part is that they have a quiet space where they

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