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Paired Readings with Fiction and Non-Fiction

Promoting reading at home can create a lifelong love of reading for your child.  A way to expand what type of books that they read at home can be done by combining reading both a fiction and a non-fiction/informational book that have connections and similarities between the topics, themes, or characters.  This can help to expand your child’s reading interests.  Here are some resources

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Fun Sources for Nonfiction Reading

As adults, most of us read nonfiction on a regular basis.  We read the newspaper or magazines. We look up information online or read our favorite blogs.  But when we think of children being required to read nonfiction, we tend to picture long boring books without any pictures.  In reality, there are many, many sources of interesting nonfiction out there for our children to

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Writing from Picture Books

One way that reading helps children is by inspiring better writing from them.  Children who are read to frequently will incorporate words and phrases from books into their own writing which them makes them better writers.  You can help you child with this by showing them how to write like a favorite author.  Here are 2 books that make it easy for young children

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Favorite Thanksgiving Books

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Your children will most likely have some extra time off from school, and you will need some extra books to keep them reading and learning.  These books are exactly what you need to pass the extra time as you celebrate Thanksgiving together. Favorite Nonfiction Thanksgiving Books The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern – This simple book teaches

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Fall Reading Fun: Part 1

Fall has arrived, and no matter where you live around the world, your children will enjoy reading stories about this fun season.  In this four part series, you will hear about some favorite fall picture books along with a corresponding activity that you can do with your child for each book. Bare Tree Fall Painting Start by reading Leaf Trouble by Jonathan Emmett.  In

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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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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

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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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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Reading Out Loud to Increase Reading Comprehension

In our increasing reading comprehension series, we have already discussed how taking notes, drawing pictures, and making timelines can be useful. One of the best ways to increase reading comprehension though is by reading out loud. How Reading Out Loud Helps There are several reasons why a child may struggle to understand a story.  They could be losing focus on the story, not understanding

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