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Make Reading Come Alive

Reading is an activity that brings new experiences and ideas into your child’s mind.  It can fuel your child’s imagination and give them story lines to act out.  As a parent, you can help reading come alive for your child by helping your child experience the things they are reading about. Make Reading Come Alive Through Food Almost every book you read will mention

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Poetry: Act Out Poems

Poetry is a writing form that easily lends itself to creative expression.  Poets use poetry to give us a vivid mental picture of whatever topic they choose to write about.  One fun activity to do with poetry is to let your children act out the poems that they read.  Obviously not every poem will work for this, but there are many poems that are

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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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Poetry: Reading Out Loud

Poetry has a lyrical beautiful sound to it when it is read out loud.  Your child may love reading poetry out loud without any special strategies, but just in case they don’t, here are some ways that you can make reading poetry more fun. Hold a Poetry Reading Tell your children that they are going to put on a poetry reading for you as

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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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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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Make Reading Enjoyable for your Child

How many times have you heard your child complain about having to read? Do you hear things like – “Reading is boring,” “I just don’t like to read,” or “I don’t want to read”?  It can be hard to get your child interested in reading, but it can be done. Here are some tips to show your child that reading can be more than

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