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Practicing Oral Reading on Video

Many children love to see themselves in pictures and in videos.  They make silly faces and beg to see how the picture turned out.  They ham it up for the video camera and then want to watch the clip over and over again.  Why not use this desire as a way to practice oral reading? Most laptops or tablets these days come with a

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Reading Responses with Drama

Children love dramatic play of all types.  They like to dress up, play pretend, and act out movies and stories.  You can use the natural drama of a child to allow them opportunities to respond to reading instead of using art or discussions. Dress like a Book Character Children who enjoy drama will like to dress up as their favorite character in the story

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Reading Responses with Discussion

Children need to respond to what they are reading in some way.  In our last post, we listed some ways that children can use art to further their reading experience.  Another great way to encourage children to respond to reading is through discussion. Discussion about Plot Events Ask your child to tell you the main things that happened in the story.  Encourage them to

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Reading Responses with Writing

It is important for children to respond to reading in some way.  It helps them enjoy the story more and allows you as parents to be sure that they are understanding what they are reading.  They can respond to reading in different ways including art, discussions, and dramatic play.  Another interesting way to respond to reading is by writing about the story. Writing to

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The Benefits of Daily Reading

One of the ways you can help your child the most is by encouraging them to have a short daily reading time every night.  This can be extremely hard to accomplish, especially for children who don’t enjoy reading or who struggle with reading. Why Read Daily? For children who don’t read fluently, the only way to improve is to practice.  Just like playing a

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The Tournament: World Cup Reading

The World Cup is a soccer championship held every four years.  It has been exciting to watch the games, cheer for favorite teams, and chart the winners to see who moves on to the next round.  You can hold your own World Cup tournament of books with your child. Tournament Setup Either you or your child should choose 32 books to read for the

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The Players: World Cup Reading

World Cup fever is in the air this summer.  Everyone is talking about the sport of soccer, the countries playing, and the players themselves.  Children who are enjoyed watching the World Cup will like reading these books based on some famous soccer players throughout the years. (And they will be reading biographies – a genre that many children tend to avoid.) Stars of the

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Finding the Theme of a Book

Every novel has an overarching theme: a message that the author is trying to get across.  It can be very challenging for children to learn how to identify the theme of a book. Here are some ways that you can make identifying a theme easier. List Common Book Themes Start with a list of common book themes.  Spend a few days talking about those

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Fall Themed Books – Fall into Reading

Fall into Reading: Fall Themed Books Fall is a perfect time to get back into a routine at home with practice and encouraging reading outside of school. Since children are back into a routine for school, it can make for an easier transition to incorporate reading at home. There are many ways that this can be done: setup a reading area at home, model

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The Sport of Soccer: World Cup Reading

The sport of soccer is a popular topic this summer.  Everyone is watching and talking about the World Cup.  If your child enjoyed watching the World Cup games this year, then they will probably enjoy reading about soccer as well.  You will score a goal with some of these books about the sport of soccer. Soccer Books for Young Children Even little children will

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