Favorite Picture Books about Color

One of the concepts that children work on during their first years of school are colors.  Of course most children probably know their colors before school.  Learning the color words can be a little more tricky.  Students have to memorize the color words and associate them with the color they belong to.  You can help your child learn the color words by reading some

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Ways to Keep Children Reading

Many times we as parents are willing to work to keep our children reading during the summer.  We know that it is important for them to read outside of school.  However, once school starts again we get busy.  Homeschooling all day or after school homework takes up our time, and we let the reading time slip away.  Here are some ways that you can

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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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Reading for Fun

We require our children to read all school year long.  They read for science and social studies; they read the required stories for reading class.  But do we give our children the chance to read for pleasure?  There are several reasons why we should let our children read just for fun. Reading for Fun Develops their Reading Personality When you let your child read

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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

Does your child have first day jitters?  Are they already starting to worry about their new teacher?  Thankfully there are some great back to school books that  can help you talk to your child about those worries. Back to School Books for Young Children The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn – In this beautiful story, a little raccoon is fearful of his first day

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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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Timelines to Increase Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension is a skill that we know is important but sometimes struggle to help our children with.  In our series on increasing reading comprehension, we have discussed taking notes and using drawings to help our children remember and understand what they are reading.  Another great way to increase reading comprehension is by using a timeline. What is a Timeline? A timeline is simply

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Drawing to Increase Reading Comprehension

It is so important for our children to understand and remember what they read in books and stories. In our increasing reading comprehension series, we last looked at how taking notes can help a child better understand the stories they read. Another way to increase reading comprehension is by drawing pictures to go along with the story. How Does Drawing Pictures Help? One of

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Taking Notes to Increase Reading Comprehension

We all want our children to understand and be able to remember what they have read in books. There are several fun ways to help your children increase their reading comprehension levels.  In this series, we will look at several of those ways and how you can use them with your children. One of the best ways to increase reading comprehension is by taking

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