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Fairy Tales: Comparing and Contrasting

Fairy tales are made up stories written for children that usually include magic of some sort.  You have probably heard of many fairy tales: Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, the Three Little Pigs, Snow White, etc.  Children love to hear these stories again and again. Because fairy tales have so many similarities, they are perfect to practice comparing and contrasting different stories. Comparisons between

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Onomatopoeia – Figurative Language

Figurative language is language that authors use to make their writing more colorful.  Alliteration, hyperbole, similes and metaphors, personification, and idioms allow writers to say things in more interesting ways.  The last type of figurative language we will discuss is onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia The simplest way to explain onomatopoeia to children is by telling them that onomatopoeia words are sound words.  You could also say

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Hyperbole – Figurative Language

Figurative language allows authors to change the meanings of words to paint a clear picture in their writing. It also make the writing more interesting for the readers.  So far in this series, we have talked about alliteration, similes and metaphors, and personification.  Another fun type of figurative language is hyperbole. Hyperbole Hyperbole is the use of exaggeration to add humor to a story. 

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Personification – Figurative Language

So far in our series on figurative language, we have discussed alliteration and the difference between similes and metaphors.  Remember figurative language is a descriptive way of saying things that adds variety to writing. Personification Personification gives human characteristics to non-human objects.  This allows the author to bring an inanimate object to life and describe it in new ways.  For example, you could describe

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Similes and Metaphors – Figurative Language

Figurative language is when words are used to mean something beyond the literal meaning of the actual words.  Because the words are being used in an often unusual way, it can be tricky for children to understand the word picture being painted by the author.  In the last post in this series, we discussed the use of alliteration in books. Similes and Metaphors Similes

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Alliteration – Figurative Language

Figurative language is when words are used to mean something beyond the literal meaning of the actual words.  Authors write with figurative language often to make their writing more vivid and descriptive.  Because the words are being used in an often unusual way, it can be tricky for children to understand the word picture being painted by the author. Alliteration One interesting form of

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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 and Language Activities While You Wait

There are so many times, that as parents, we have to wait with our children for various reasons like at medical or dental appointments, while a flight is delayed at the airport, or while the car is getting an oil change, or even in the car on a road trip.  Instead of pulling out your smartphone or a tablet for your child to watch

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Encouraging Your Kids to Write at Home

Children are always encouraged to read at home by teachers, but unfortunately, this same suggestion is not always made for writing.  However, reading and writing are intrinsically linked and the more children write the better they become at reading.  There are many different ways that you can get your children interested in writing at home with fun activities and incorporating it into their everyday

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