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Make Reading Come Alive

Reading is an activity that brings new experiences and ideas into your child’s mind.  It can fuel your child’s imagination and give them story lines to act out.  As a parent, you can help reading come alive for your child by helping your child experience the things they are reading about. Make Reading Come Alive Through Food Almost every book you read will mention

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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

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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Keeping a Reading Log

One way that you can help your child grow as a reader is by setting up a reading log for him.  By using a reading log, your child can track his own progress as a reader which will then encourage him to keep reading. What is a Reading Log? A reading log is a journal of every book your child reads.  A reading log

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Practice, Practice, Practice Reading

One of the keys to raising children who are readers is to get them reading fluently as soon as possible.  A child who finds reading easy will often also enjoy reading.  However until a child is reading fluently, they need lots of practice sounding out words and reading sight words.  Rather than just reading the same short stories over and over, why not change

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Poetry: Reading Out Loud

Poetry has a lyrical beautiful sound to it when it is read out loud.  Your child may love reading poetry out loud without any special strategies, but just in case they don’t, here are some ways that you can make reading poetry more fun. Hold a Poetry Reading Tell your children that they are going to put on a poetry reading for you as

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Conflict in Stories

Every good story has a problem of some kind.  In literary terms the problem is called a conflict.  Conflict is part of what keeps the story flowing.  There are several main types of conflict found within stories. External Confict External conflicts are problems between the main character and other people or things around him. A story may have several of these conflicts throughout it

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Learning Sight Words Can Be Fun

Sight words are a necessary part of learning to read.  Of course, it is important to be able to sound out new words, but there are so many words that cannot be sounded out.  Words like “were”, “some”, “love”, and so many more.  These words that cannot be sounded out are called sight words.  The only way to really learn sight words is to

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Idioms – Figurative Language

Authors use figurative language often to make their writing more vivid, but it can be a struggle for some children to understand figures of speech such as hyperbole, similes and metaphors, and personification.  Idioms are another type of figurative language that can be confusing for children. Idioms Idioms are phrases that put together common words to form a meaning completely different from the dictionary

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Reading Across America

Reading Across America Summer vacation is almost here.  Kids are excited, and parents are maybe a little less excited!  It’s easy during the summer to forget about school.  However so many children backtrack over the summer months. This summer my son and I are going to travel across America.  Now we don’t have the time (or the money) to actually travel across the United

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