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Fun Sources for Nonfiction Reading

As adults, most of us read nonfiction on a regular basis.  We read the newspaper or magazines. We look up information online or read our favorite blogs.  But when we think of children being required to read nonfiction, we tend to picture long boring books without any pictures.  In reality, there are many, many sources of interesting nonfiction out there for our children to

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Helping your Struggling Beginning Reader by using the Epic Library App (4 of 4)

When supporting your struggling beginning reader at home, technology can be a great starting point to build interest in reading.  Whether on a tablet or on a computer, technology can be a big motivator to children to grasp beginning reading concepts.  There is a popular reading app, Epic, that is motivating elementary-aged children to read. Epic is a reading e-library that is available on

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Helping your Struggling Beginning Reader:  Catching their Interest (3 of 4)

In our first post in this series, you learned how to determine your child’s reading level and how to help them to pick books that are at their level.  In this post, you will learn strategies for Helping your Struggling Beginning Reader:  Catching their Interest in order for your child to become interested and engaged in reading at home. Allow your child the option to pick

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Helping your Struggling Beginning Reader (1 of 4)

When children are learning to read, they need support beyond the classroom in order to become fluent readers.  In order to Support provided at home is key during this transition time.  Creating a print rich environment where reading is a daily activity is encouraged for helping your struggling beginning reader.  Students who read a minimum of 20 minutes per day at home are exposed

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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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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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