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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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Compare Books and Movies

These days, many of the movies being produced are based on popular children and teen books.  These movies provide a great opportunity to teach your child how to compare different media forms.  After all, a book and a movie tell the exact same story in very different ways.  By both reading the book and watching the movie with your child, you can have an

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Learning Sight Words with Books and Songs

Learning Sight Words with Books and Songs Another authentic way to practice learning sight words at home is through reading books and singing songs.  This provides ways that children can learn the words both in context and through high repetition. Sight Word Books Bob Books are a popular kindergarten series that promotes early literacy and practice for sight words.  They have hard copies as

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Onomatopoeia – Figurative Language

Figurative language is language that authors use to make their writing more colorful.  Alliteration, hyperbole, similes and metaphors, personification, and idioms allow writers to say things in more interesting ways.  The last type of figurative language we will discuss is onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia The simplest way to explain onomatopoeia to children is by telling them that onomatopoeia words are sound words.  You could also say

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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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Hyperbole – Figurative Language

Figurative language allows authors to change the meanings of words to paint a clear picture in their writing. It also make the writing more interesting for the readers.  So far in this series, we have talked about alliteration, similes and metaphors, and personification.  Another fun type of figurative language is hyperbole. Hyperbole Hyperbole is the use of exaggeration to add humor to a story. 

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Similes and Metaphors – Figurative Language

Figurative language is when words are used to mean something beyond the literal meaning of the actual words.  Because the words are being used in an often unusual way, it can be tricky for children to understand the word picture being painted by the author.  In the last post in this series, we discussed the use of alliteration in books. Similes and Metaphors Similes

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Fantasy – Children’s Literature Genres

Fantasy – Children’s Literature Genres The last post in our literature genres series dealt with the science fiction genre.  The fantasy genre is often confused with science fiction, but there are some very clear differences between them. Fantasy Characteristics Fantasy novels are set in an entirely new world completely different from the world as we know it.  The setting of a fantasy novel will

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Alliteration – Figurative Language

Figurative language is when words are used to mean something beyond the literal meaning of the actual words.  Authors write with figurative language often to make their writing more vivid and descriptive.  Because the words are being used in an often unusual way, it can be tricky for children to understand the word picture being painted by the author. Alliteration One interesting form of

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Fun with Rhyming Words

Rhyming Words Books Have you ever noticed how many favorite children’s books are filled with rhyming words?  The Cat in the Hat, Moose on the Loose, and The Big Red Barn are just a few of the many, many rhyming books that children love.  Kids love not only to read rhyming books, but they also enjoy playing rhyming games with you.  Rhyming games are

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