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Mysteries – Children’s Literature Genres

Of all the types of stories children enjoy, a good mystery is often a favorite choice.  Mysteries capture a child’s attention and make them want to quickly get to the end of the book.  These books also encourage children to pay attention to book details as they try to figure out the mystery before it is revealed. Mystery Characteristics Mysteries are generally realistic fiction

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Improving Reading Comprehension

Even the best readers can sometimes struggle with reading comprehension.  As parents, you can help your child learn to not only read the words, but also understand what they are reading. What is Reading Comprehension? Reading comprehension is simply understanding what you read.  Answering questions about the story, figuring out what might happen next, thinking about what you know about the story and its

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Science Fiction – Children’s Literature Genres

Science Fiction – Children’s Literature Genres So far in the genres of literature series, we have talked about the characteristics of two main types of fiction – realistic fiction and historical fiction.  Along with science fiction, these three genres take place in very different settings.  Historical fiction takes place in the past, realistic fiction is set in the present, and science fiction happens in

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Historical Fiction | Children’s Literature Genres

In my previous post in the series on literature genres, I discussed the characteristics of realistic fiction.  Another interesting genre for children to read is historical fiction.  Children will love reading about the adventures of characters during times past, and they may even learn a little history in the process! Historical Fiction Characteristics In some ways, historical fiction can be similar to realistic fiction. 

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Realistic Fiction – Children’s Literature Genres

Children’s Literature Genres: Realistic Fiction There are so many types of books for children to read today.  Often children tend to gravitate to one or two specific types.  You may have a child who only wants to read mysteries, another child may only read comic books, or another may choose only books about cars and trucks.  While you want your child to enjoy reading,

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Drop Everything and Read

Drop Everything and Read Well, it’s May and Spring is finally on its way!  While that may mean more outside fun, it’s also a great month to start a new and exciting reading program at home.  Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) was a reading program invented by children’s author Beverly Cleary.  In her series of books about a young girl named Ramona, Ramona’s teacher

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Make Connections While Reading a Story

Make Connections While Reading a Story A good reader can usually make connections while reading a story.  This means that he will be able to relate the story to either his own ideas, other stories he has read, or events that have happened to him.  You can help your child make connections by encouraging him to not just read words, but to also think

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Identify the Setting of a Story

Identify the Setting of a Story Where and when did this story take place?  The answer is the setting of a book or story.  It’s a simple enough question, and yet it can be tricky for children to figure out (especially young children).  You can help your child learn to identify the setting of a story by asking them some simple questions about what

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Cinco de Mayo Reading Activities

Cinco de Mayo Reading Activities Cinco de Mayo provides a wonderful opportunity to incorporate learning and reading about Mexican-American culture and the history of the holiday. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in the United States to honor Mexican-American freedom during the American civil war as well as being celebrated in Puebla, Mexico honoring the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla.

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Teaching Your Child about the Parts of a Book

Five Parts of a Book There are five parts of a book that every child should know how to identify and use.  You can help your children learn about these important tools while you read with them. Title Page The title page is the page directly inside the front cover that lists the title, author, illustrator, and publishing company. When reading a book, it

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