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President’s Day Writing Activities

President’s Day is a federal holiday used to honor the current and past Presidents of the United States.  It was originally coined as Washington’s Birthday and was established to celebrate the life and work of our first president, George Washington. Since President’s Day is a federal holiday, the majority of the schools around the country will be off on this day and you can do

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Reading Online Resources for Your Child

The Internet is a wonderful resource for parenting tips and tricks that help your child develop academic skills.  Encouraging your child to be successful in school will assist them both academically and socially.  Providing opportunities and engagement in learning at home has proven to be a key for children to reach their academic milestones.  This article will direct you to three important reading online

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Squirrel’s New Years Resolution

Most of us make new year resolutions. Many people resolve to be more active, lose weight, be more charitable, or manage money better.  While these are typical adult resolutions, kids can make resolutions, too.  This would be a good way to work with your child on making positive changes for the New Year, but also can be used as a learning activity combining reading

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As Cool as a Cucumber – Figurative Language

Adults use figurative language when they speak everyday.  Children however, may not understand that it’s “raining cats and dogs” or if they are “under the weather.”  Figurative language is when an author or speaker uses language in an exaggerated manner and uses words in a way that deviates from the original definition.  Examples of figurative language include use of metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia, personification, paradox,

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One Book to Read

A popular trend for gift giving this holiday season is to scale back on the number of presents children receive.  The saying is “one thing they want, one thing they need, one thing they wear, and one book to read.”  Here are some great reading options to get your child for this holiday season. For a younger child, a popular picture book bedtime story

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Books to be Thankful For

Thanksgiving is a time for families to gather and celebrate.  Many of us gather for a large family meal enjoying the company and giving thanks for all of the wonderful blessings we have experienced over the past year.  It is also a great time to be able to share books of the story of thanksgiving and traditions that are celebrated around the United States. 

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Reading a Recipe

With the increased popularity of children’s cooking shows like Guy vs Rachel Kids Cook-Off   and Master Chef Junior, you may notice your kids wanting to be involved in the kitchen when you are baking or preparing meals.  This is a great opportunity to spend quality time with your children and you can even incorporate practicing reading skills while cooking. When cooking in the kitchen

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Reading Across the Curriculum

One of the current initiatives in education in the United States is for children to become more adept at reading non-fiction pieces and to be able to make comparisons and references amongst several pieces of writing of different styles.  This will require children to read more across other curriculum areas including science, social studies, and even PE and technology!  One way that you can

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Creating a Book with Your Child – Putting it All Together

When your child is ready to create their masterpiece, you need to collect the materials.  To make a “fancy” book, they will need poster board, contact paper, scissors, and legal printer paper.  First, fold the legal printer paper in half.  Use this as a traceable and place it on top of the poster board.  You will need to make two halves for the cover

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Hispanic Heritage Novels

Hispanic Heritage month runs from September 15th through October 15th and can be celebrated year around.  This is a good time to expand your child’s cultural reading options to incorporate reading and novels that include history or themes of a Hispanic-American origin. To find out more information about Hispanic Heritage Month,  a good family-friendly resource is hispanicheritagemonth.org.  This website provides information, fun facts, and

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