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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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Fall Themed Books – Fall into Reading

Fall into Reading: Fall Themed Books Fall is a perfect time to get back into a routine at home with practice and encouraging reading outside of school. Since children are back into a routine for school, it can make for an easier transition to incorporate reading at home. There are many ways that this can be done: setup a reading area at home, model

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Learning Sight Words with Books and Songs

Learning Sight Words with Books and Songs Another authentic way to practice learning sight words at home is through reading books and singing songs.  This provides ways that children can learn the words both in context and through high repetition. Sight Word Books Bob Books are a popular kindergarten series that promotes early literacy and practice for sight words.  They have hard copies as

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More Fun with Sight Word Games and Activities

Learning sight words can be made more fun through games and activities.  They provide an active, hands-on approach to learning, which makes it more engaging thus allowing children to learn and remember better. Sight Words with Dominos One sight word game you can play is sight word dominoes.  Instead of using dots on the tiles, you use sight words to create your “dominoes.” Here

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Learning Sight Words – Flashcards

Learning Sight Words – Flashcards Flashcards are a great way to help your child to learn their sight words.  You can purchase an inexpensive set of sight word flashcards that include the word on one side and the word used in a sentence on the other.  Showing these to your child while reading aloud to them will help them build the connection of seeing

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Learning All about Sight Words

Learning All about Sight Words Sight words are common words that young children who are beginning to learn to read are encouraged to memorize.  These words will help them to begin to read through memorization of popular words, while not having to decode their meaning or pronunciation.  These are words that children typically already have in their spoken vocabulary and just need to make

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How to Evaluate a Website for Accuracy and Bias

How to Evaluate a Website for Accuracy and Bias In many schools, students learn the research process beginning in 3rd grade.  For my generation, this meant making a trip to the local library, learning how to use an encyclopedia, finding non-fiction resources that were books, and then pulling ideas from these physical resources to put together the assignment. Today, research is very different and

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Great Summer Read-Alouds for All Ages

Great Summer Read-Alouds for All Ages During the summer months, bedtime is a great time to snuggle up with your children in bed for a read-aloud story.  You can even take turns if your children are independent readers.  Reading aloud helps to build phonemic awareness and decoding skills as well as building an intrinsic desire for reading. Read-Aloud Books by Roald Dahl Roald Dahl

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Tween Story Favorites – Summer Story Selections

Tween Story Favorites To continue our series on summer story selections, this post will focus on tween story favorites for 2014.  Many of the popular tween story favorites may not have a summer theme, but are high quality stories that will get your child to practice their reading while learning from engaging novels. Flush by Carl Hiaasen One of my personal stories is Flush

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Picture Books – Summer Story Selections

Summer Story Selections Picture books are fun reading for all ages.  Despite being called “picture books”, they actually offer both great illustrations as well as engaging stories.  Many times. the stories even involve repetition or rhyme, which is great for early readers. Picture Books One great summer picture book is Just One More by Jennifer Hansen Rolli.  This is a new story that just

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