Summer Reading Programs for Children

A child’s ability to read improves through practice.  Students read often during the school year whether in class or as homework or maybe even for fun.  However during the lazy days of summer, it can be easy to let your child’s reading slip away.  Fortunately you can find many fun summer reading programs that will motivate your child to keep reading throughout the summer.

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Fun Books for Summer

Do you struggle to keep your children reading all summer long?  Do your children complain that books are boring?  You can help your children enjoy reading by suggesting some of these fun books next time you are at the library or bookstore. Picture Books To the Beach! by Linda Ashman – This fun book tells the story of a family on the way to

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Poetry: Act Out Poems

Poetry: Act Out Poems

Poetry is a writing form that easily lends itself to creative expression.  Poets use poetry to give us a vivid mental picture of whatever topic they choose to write about.  One fun activity to do with poetry is to let your children act out the poems that they read.  Obviously not every poem will work for this, but there are many poems that are

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Poetry: Different Types

When we teach poetry to children, we often focus on the normal poem structure that most people think of as poetry.  However there are many different types of poetry that children love to read.  A little time spent introducing your child to these other forms of poetry will make your study of poems much more interesting. Limericks Children will love the humor found in

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Poetry: Poetic Structure

Poetry: Poetic Structure

When starting any study of poetry, it is important to understand poetic structure.  There are several features that are common to most poems that children should be aware of. Poetic Structure Definitions Line: A line is one row of words in poetry.  Lines do not necessarily need to be complete sentences. Stanza: A stanza is a group of lines together separated by a space. 

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Poetry: Focusing on Feeling

Poetry: Focusing on Feeling

One of the amazing things about poetry is how it allows the author to express his feelings in an interesting and descriptive way.  When teaching your children about poetry, try to help them see how the author expresses himself in the poetry. Read for Feeling Have your child read the poem silently to himself and then out loud to you.  Ask your child how

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Poetry: Painting a Picture

Poetry can be described as using words to paint a picture for the reader.  Poets try to choose vivid words so that we as readers can see a picture in our minds.  Children can relate to some poems by painting the picture that the poem puts into their minds. Colorful Poems for Pictures The best poems for painting pictures with are the ones that

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Poetry: Finding Figurative Language

Previous posts have talked about ways to help your children recognize and identify figurative language in stories.  Because poetry has to paint a picture or share a feeling in a small number of words, poems are often full of figurative language.  This makes poetry a great opportunity to further your children’s study of the types of figurative language. There are six main types of

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Top 100 Children’s Books

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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Parents – Reading Out Loud to Your Children

Reading Out Loud to Your Children

Children learn much of their attitude toward reading from their parents.  If a parent likes to read, often times the child will enjoy reading as well.  However, the opposite is also true.  One way that you can share a love of reading with your child is by reading out loud to them.  Here are some helpful hints to make reading out loud fun and

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