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Timelines to Increase Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension is a skill that we know is important but sometimes struggle to help our children with.  In our series on increasing reading comprehension, we have discussed taking notes and using drawings to help our children remember and understand what they are reading.  Another great way to increase reading comprehension is by using a timeline. What is a Timeline? A timeline is simply

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Drawing to Increase Reading Comprehension

It is so important for our children to understand and remember what they read in books and stories. In our increasing reading comprehension series, we last looked at how taking notes can help a child better understand the stories they read. Another way to increase reading comprehension is by drawing pictures to go along with the story. How Does Drawing Pictures Help? One of

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Taking Notes to Increase Reading Comprehension

We all want our children to understand and be able to remember what they have read in books. There are several fun ways to help your children increase their reading comprehension levels.  In this series, we will look at several of those ways and how you can use them with your children. One of the best ways to increase reading comprehension is by taking

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Studying Character Traits

A main skill taught in reading classes is the ability to understand characters in books and stories.  There are four main aspects to studying character: character traits, character development, character’s words, and character’s actions.  Understanding basic character traits allows your child to understand the motives of the characters in books and the decisions they make. Define Common Character Traits Before your child can assign

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Studying Character through Dialogue

So far in this series, we have talked about studying character traits and their meanings and identifying the different types of characters in a story.  An author uses the dialogue in a story to tell us things about the characters.  When studying character, it is helpful to focus on the words of the characters in the story.  Both the words of the character you

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The Benefits of Graphic Novels

For many of us as parents, the idea of a graphic novel brings to mind comic books filled with fights between superheroes and villains.  Today though, more and more authors are choosing to reimagine their young adult or children’s books in a graphic novel format as well as regular book format. For a struggling reader, especially an older child, graphic novels can be a

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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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Summer Reading Programs for Children

A child’s ability to read improves through practice.  Students read often during the school year whether in class or as homework or maybe even for fun.  However during the lazy days of summer, it can be easy to let your child’s reading slip away.  Fortunately you can find many fun summer reading programs that will motivate your child to keep reading throughout the summer.

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Poetry: Different Types

When we teach poetry to children, we often focus on the normal poem structure that most people think of as poetry.  However there are many different types of poetry that children love to read.  A little time spent introducing your child to these other forms of poetry will make your study of poems much more interesting. Limericks Children will love the humor found in

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Parents – Reading Out Loud to Your Children

Children learn much of their attitude toward reading from their parents.  If a parent likes to read, often times the child will enjoy reading as well.  However, the opposite is also true.  One way that you can share a love of reading with your child is by reading out loud to them.  Here are some helpful hints to make reading out loud fun and

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