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Improve Reading with “Picture Walks”

Many children need some help over the summer to improve their reading abilities or to keep them from slipping (the summer slide).  You can help your children improve reading with “Picture Walks”. A “picture walk” is a pre-reading strategy that is great for children of all ages. Children preview the book they are about to read from cover to cover asking the 5 w’s

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Best Summer Books 2016

Finding the best summer books isn’t always easy to do.  This post will list for you the best summer books 2016 to help you make the search a little easier. Suggested or required summer reading assignments are traditionally made by teachers and schools to encourage children to remain active in their learning. Reading 20 minutes a day helps to build literacy and vocabulary skills

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Helping your Struggling Beginning Reader through Explicit Instruction (2 of 4)

Children can struggle when learning to read for many reasons.  There may be an underlying disability like dyslexia, a hearing or vision impairment, or difficulty focusing.  Other issues may arise from the lack of early reading experience.  However, even children who don’t have a diagnosed disability and had many early reading experiences may still struggle to learn how to read.  Helping your Struggling Beginning

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Using Context to Build Vocabulary | Reading Tips

A child’s vocabulary grows as they read more and more books.  However simply reading harder and harder books will not necessarily increase a child’s vocabulary.  Vocabulary involves understanding and being able to use a new word.  A child can read a word and not understand it at all.  Teaching a child to use the context the word is in can help them figure out

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Building Vocabulary by Reading

A child’s strong vocabulary can be a great help to him during both his time in school and his life in general.  In a nutshell, vocabulary indicates how many words a child can both understand and use.  Children build vocabulary naturally by hearing other people talk around him.  However, over time your child will need to add to his vocabulary in other ways as

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Building Vocabulary – Synonyms & Shades of Words

An important area of knowledge for your child to expand over the summer is their vocabulary. This helps to make their writing more in depth and meaningful as well as increasing the ability for them to comprehend more complex words when reading. There are fun activities that you can do at home to help them develop their vocabulary skills, especially by increasing the variety

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High-Quality Reading Options for Vocabulary Development

In addition to reading games and crafts, an intrinsic way for children to develop vocabulary skills is by reading a wide variety of books, novels, magazines, and even newspapers for children.  Children should be exposed to a variety of types and styles of reading and not just one genre or author.  Here is a list of a variety of genres for elementary aged children.

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Vocabulary Games & Crafts

While your child’s teacher provides the direct instruction at school for your child to develop their vocabulary skills, providing extra practice at home can help your child to extend upon what they have learned in school.  There are many vocabulary games (online, apps and traditional board games) as well as craft activities that can be used to make learning vocabulary fun at home. One

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