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Fun Books for Summer

Do you struggle to keep your children reading all summer long?  Do your children complain that books are boring?  You can help your children enjoy reading by suggesting some of these fun books next time you are at the library or bookstore. Picture Books To the Beach! by Linda Ashman – This fun book tells the story of a family on the way to

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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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Poetry: Finding Figurative Language

Previous posts have talked about ways to help your children recognize and identify figurative language in stories.  Because poetry has to paint a picture or share a feeling in a small number of words, poems are often full of figurative language.  This makes poetry a great opportunity to further your children’s study of the types of figurative language. There are six main types of

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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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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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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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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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Biography – Children’s Literature Genres

Biography is a type of nonfiction book that people tend to avoid.  While it may seem difficult to get children interested in nonfiction, biographies tend to be more child-friendly because they are written like a story.  They are a great way to introduce your child to well-known historical figures! Biography Characteristics A biography is a nonfiction book written about the life of a person. 

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How to Start a Family Book Club

Have you ever wondered what your older children are reading in their free time?  Maybe you want to be able to talk about the books they are reading, but don’t know what to ask them?  Have you ever considered starting a Family Book Club? We often think of book clubs as an excuse for adults to get together for adult conversation, but a family

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