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Leveled Reading – Summer Story Selections

Summer Story Selections With longer days and more time in the evening to relax and unwind, summer is a great time to spend those evenings with your children reading.  Reading before bedtime is a great routine that you can start in the summer and then continue once school starts back up.  Starting off your new routine is great with some fun summer reads.  In

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Take Summer Reading High-Tech

Taking Summer Reading High-Tech In this final post on summer reading strategies, taking summer reading high-tech will be the focus.  Technology is a big motivator for children and if you can combine reading and technology it creates a win-win situation.   Between iPads, eReaders like the Nook and Kindle, and reading tablets like the Leap Pad and Innotab, there are many different ways that you

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How to Implement Summer Reading at Home

Summer Reading Strategies – How to Implement Summer Reading at Home It is very important to set aside time for children to read over the summer months.  Even if you are on the road or your schedule is more relaxed, it is important to set aside a portion of each day for your child to read.  Some may find it easier to designate a

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Summer Fun at the Library

Summer Fun at the Library The second part in our summer reading strategies series is about having fun learning and reading at the library.  Going to the library is a great way to spend those stormy or blistering hot summer days.  Many libraries around the country offer free and fairly extensive summer reading and activity programs.  My local library offers a summer kick off

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School Summer Reading Suggestions

School Summer Reading Strategies During the summer months, students ,  if they do not continue with reading and reinforcing skills.   This is commonly referred to as the “summer slide.”  It is important to find ways that you can encourage and engage your child in reading over the summer. One way children can practice reading is by using the school’s suggested online reading programs that

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Social Media & Online Connections to Reading

Social Media & Online Connections to Reading Good Reads In my classroom, reading and technology is integrated through the use of the website GoodReads.  This is a popular social media website that kids over the age of 13 (or younger with parent supervision) and adults use to share their experiences of books that they have read recently.  This is something that can also be

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Ways to Celebrate Poetry

Ways to Celebrate Poetry After reading and writing poetry in the month of April, you can end your celebration with a wide variety of activities.  One activity would be to hold an open mic night.  This could be done for the month of April in lieu of a traditional kids book club.  Organizing this poetry reading is a breeze if you read and follow

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Cinco de Mayo Reading Activities

Cinco de Mayo Reading Activities Cinco de Mayo provides a wonderful opportunity to incorporate learning and reading about Mexican-American culture and the history of the holiday. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in the United States to honor Mexican-American freedom during the American civil war as well as being celebrated in Puebla, Mexico honoring the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla.

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Poetry Writing Activities: Poetry4Kids and ReadWriteThink

Poetry Writing Activities Inspired by reading such a wide variety of poems, your child may be interested in penning their own poems.  There are so many different types of poetry that children can learn to write, beyond just rhyming couplets.  There are also many online resources to help you and your child get started. Poetry4Kids Poetry4Kids is a great starting point.  This online guide

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Earth Day Reading Activities

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd this year.   This event promotes environmental awareness and focuses awareness on topics including recycling, habitat destruction, and making sustainable choices as a family.  The theme of Earth Day can be combined with reading fiction and non-fiction books at home and using online resources to learn about ways they can make a positive impact on Earth. A popular

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