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Studying Character Traits

A main skill taught in reading classes is the ability to understand characters in books and stories.  There are four main aspects to studying character: character traits, character development, character’s words, and character’s actions.  Understanding basic character traits allows your child to understand the motives of the characters in books and the decisions they make. Define Common Character Traits Before your child can assign

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Studying Types of Characters

In our last post on studying characters, we discussed the importance of learning about character traits.  Characters in books can also be classifying into types in two ways.  They can be sorted by how much information the author gives about the character and by whether or not the character changes throughout the story.  Children need to understand the difference between these types of characters

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Studying Character through Dialogue

So far in this series, we have talked about studying character traits and their meanings and identifying the different types of characters in a story.  An author uses the dialogue in a story to tell us things about the characters.  When studying character, it is helpful to focus on the words of the characters in the story.  Both the words of the character you

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Studying Character with Young Children

Children who are just learning to read can still study characters in a simplified form.  They can still focus on character traits, types of characters, and the dialogue of characters.  All of these skills are just as important for young readers to learn and practice. Simple Character Traits When you are just starting to teach children about character traits, stick to the simple traits

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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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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

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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Building Vocabulary by Reading

A child’s strong vocabulary can be a great help to him during both his time in school and his life in general.  In a nutshell, vocabulary indicates how many words a child can both understand and use.  Children build vocabulary naturally by hearing other people talk around him.  However, over time your child will need to add to his vocabulary in other ways as

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Literature Genres: Nonfiction Reading for Children

Parents and children alike often avoid choosing nonfiction books to read.  They are seen as boring and uninteresting.  But not all nonfiction books are boring!  The key is finding a subject that your child is interested in and reading books about that subject.  Does your child like to play outside?  Then find books about plants or animals.  Does your child like to use cars

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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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