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Real Reading: Historical Fiction (4 of 4)

Real Reading: Historical Fiction (4 of 4) Historical Fiction novels are stories where the plot or setting is set in the past. Typically, the books are historically accurate with facts, but the story line is fictional or may have fictional components. Historical fiction as a genre makes it easy to lend itself to the idea of building text-to-self and text-to-world content at home with

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Real Reading: Non-Fiction Connections (3 of 4)

Reading non-fiction in the classroom is on the rise due to the increased emphasis on non-fiction reading and analysis in Common Core. Common Core emphasizes that it is an important skill for college and career readiness since that is what adults are reading and analyzing for work. However, in the past children were typically exposed to reading primarily fiction stories in school. To create non-fiction

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Tying Reading to Community Activities (2 of 4)

One way to help make reading real for your child and to help build their understanding of books they are reading is to build connections through home and community activities. Tying reading to community activities helps to build their text-to-self and text-to-world connections as well as increasing reading comprehension skills. Activities within the community that you can do to help build text-to-world and text-to-self

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Making Reading Real (1 of 4)

Making connections with reading and real life is a great way to encourage children to build their confidence and comprehension in reading. When reading, children build connections in three different ways. They do it through text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world connections. Text-to-text is when children make connections between different books and passages that they read. Text-to-self is when children are able to make the connection

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Elements of Literature (Part 1 of 4)

As your child is reading a story, whether for pleasure or for school, it is important for them to be able to recognize and respond to questions about the elements of literature. Elements of literature include plot, theme, setting, characterization, conflict, mood, style, tone, and point of view. This series will cover the different elements of literature and activities that you can do at

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Favorite Picture Books about Color

One of the concepts that children work on during their first years of school are colors.  Of course most children probably know their colors before school.  Learning the color words can be a little more tricky.  Students have to memorize the color words and associate them with the color they belong to.  You can help your child learn the color words by reading some

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Ways to Keep Children Reading

Many times we as parents are willing to work to keep our children reading during the summer.  We know that it is important for them to read outside of school.  However, once school starts again we get busy.  Homeschooling all day or after school homework takes up our time, and we let the reading time slip away.  Here are some ways that you can

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Reading for Fun

We require our children to read all school year long.  They read for science and social studies; they read the required stories for reading class.  But do we give our children the chance to read for pleasure?  There are several reasons why we should let our children read just for fun. Reading for Fun Develops their Reading Personality When you let your child read

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Back to School Books

Does your child have first day jitters?  Are they already starting to worry about their new teacher?  Thankfully there are some great back to school books that  can help you talk to your child about those worries. Back to School Books for Young Children The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn – In this beautiful story, a little raccoon is fearful of his first day

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Back-to-School Books – PreK to Kindergarten

Do you have a preschooler (Prek) who will be entering kindergarten this fall? If so, your child may experience a wide range of emotions including excitement and apprehension.  They will be going to a new school with new children and new teachers.  There are many picture books and early reader books that help to ease this transition and help children to understand what to

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