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Writing from Picture Books

One way that reading helps children is by inspiring better writing from them.  Children who are read to frequently will incorporate words and phrases from books into their own writing which them makes them better writers.  You can help you child with this by showing them how to write like a favorite author.  Here are 2 books that make it easy for young children

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Strategies for Reading Unknown Words

As your child grows as a reader, it will be common for them to come across words that they don’t already know. When this happens, the tendency on the part of a fluent reader (like a parent) is to simply say the word for the child and allow them to keep reading. However, always giving them the unknown word does not help your child

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Help for Struggling Readers: Part 2 (Sight Words)

Children who dislike reading often feel that way because they struggle to read the words that make up a story or book.  Part of the problem may be a lack of understanding how to sound out words. (You can read more about how to help your child sound out words in this post.)  Another area that is difficult for struggling readers is sight words.

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Help for Struggling Readers: Part 1 (Phonics)

One of the primary reasons that children don’t enjoy reading is because reading can be very hard.  A child that struggles to read the words on the page cannot fully immerse himself in the story and therefore cannot truly enjoy the story.  If your child is struggling to read individual words, there are some ways that you can help. Stretch Out the Words Stretching

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Magic Reading Fingers

Children need practice reading out loud on a regular basis.  They need to read passages over and over to gain fluency (the ability to read smoothly).  However, reading out loud is often tricky for new readers and can quickly become a chore.  To add a little interest to reading time, you should try giving your child a magic reading finger. What are Magic Reading

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Favorite Thanksgiving Books

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Your children will most likely have some extra time off from school, and you will need some extra books to keep them reading and learning.  These books are exactly what you need to pass the extra time as you celebrate Thanksgiving together. Favorite Nonfiction Thanksgiving Books The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern – This simple book teaches

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Fall Reading Fun: Part 4

No matter what season it is, children enjoy spending time with friends.  Fall is no exception to that. These fun fall books encourage friendship, and the activities that go along with each book are perfect for friends to do together! (If you like these fall activities, you can find more fall fun in part 1, part 2, and part 3 of this series.) Fall

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Fall Reading Fun: Part 3

Fall is such a fun time of year, and there are so many fun books that teach children about the beauty of this season.  In these fall books, the emphasis is on what children can see and find in nature around them during the fall season. (You can find more fall nature books and activities in part 1 and part 2 of this series.)

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Fall Reading Fun: Part 2

While there are many fun things to do during the Fall season, many children enjoy doing the simple things that they may not have a chance to do at other times.  In the second part of our Fall Reading Fun series, we focus on the fall harvest. (You can read about even more fun fall books and activities in the first post of this

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Fall Reading Fun: Part 1

Fall has arrived, and no matter where you live around the world, your children will enjoy reading stories about this fun season.  In this four part series, you will hear about some favorite fall picture books along with a corresponding activity that you can do with your child for each book. Bare Tree Fall Painting Start by reading Leaf Trouble by Jonathan Emmett.  In

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