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Introducing Your Child to Poetry

National Poetry Month is this April and it is a great time to introduce your children to reading, writing, and celebrating poetry.  Many books written for babies and toddlers are told through rhyming poetry including books written by Dr. Seuss, Eric Carl, and Sandra Boynton.  Exposing young children to the sounds of poetry has proven to build phonemic awareness.  Reading these stories aloud will

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Plastic Easter Egg Reading Activities

Plastic Easter eggs are on sale everywhere this time of year, but there are many uses for them year-round. .  While they are great for a scavenger hunt and storing candy for Easter baskets, they are also an excellent learning tool.  There are many reading activities that you can do with your children to incorporate reading skills practice activities with colorful plastic Easter eggs.

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Classic Rabbit Tales – Hipity Hopity Easter’s on its Way!

As Easter and spring approaches,, it is a great time to read books with the theme of rabbits.  Younger children would enjoy the classics including The Tales of Peter Rabbit, while older children might be interested in reading chapter books where the main character is a rabbit. The Tales of Peter Rabbit The Tales of Peter Rabbit has an extensive website that presents the

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Spring has Sprung – Spring Reading Activities

Spring Reading Activities The first day of spring is celebrated on March 20th and is also referred to as the vernal equinox.  On this day, both daylight and night are approximately equal.  This is because the Earths’ relative tilt toward the sun is zero.  Many areas around the country will also be experiencing their first signs of spring like birds migrating, flowers beginning to

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Understanding the Movie Gravity through Reading

With the release of the movie Gravity for purchase and rental to watch at home, many families may choose it for the weekend family movie.  There are a few things you should keep in mind when renting this for family movie night.  First, there is some adult language and one graphic scene that you may consider to be inappropriate for your child. However, this

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Point of View: Third-Person Omniscient

Recently, I helped lead a middle school book club to read the popular Holocaust novel, The Book Thief.  This story is told in the third-person omniscient, through the eyes of a narrator that represents “death” or the grim reaper.  He follows the characters all-knowingly throughout the lives and deaths of the various characters in the novel.  While this is a sensitive topic to cover,

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St. Patrick’s Day Stories

St. Patrick’s Day Stories is right around the corner.  This would be a great time to make a connection with reading about the holiday as well as other Irish classic tales.  Reading these stories with your children will help them to better learn the history, traditions, and culture of this popular Irish holiday. St. Patrick’s Day Songs One popular Irish song that I have become

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Fairy Tales, Myths, and Folktales

Exposing children to a variety of reading genres including fairy tales, folktales, and myths introduces them to different cultures, vocabulary, and the literary elements.  These types of books can be very engaging to read at home because you can plan hands-on learning connections such as performing a skit based off of the book or writing their own version of the story.  Here are a

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Decoding Strategies for Beginning Readers at Home

Helping your beginning readers to practice their decoding comprehension skills is an important activity to build their independent reading ability and overall reading confidence.   Here are some strategies that you can use at home to help build their reading ability. First, you should allow them to choose books that they want to read rather than assigning them books to read like they are in

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Reading Around the World

My students and I were inspired by the Olympic Winter Games, and we have talked about the different countries that participate in the games along with origin and rules of some of the more obscure sports like curling, bobsledding, and the luge.  It has inspired my students to learn more about countries like Switzerland, Scotland, and Norway that led the path to the incorporation

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