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Writing from Picture Books

One way that reading helps children is by inspiring better writing from them.  Children who are read to frequently will incorporate words and phrases from books into their own writing which them makes them better writers.  You can help you child with this by showing them how to write like a favorite author.  Here are 2 books that make it easy for young children

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Teaching Kids – Writing Poems

After reading several poems, your child will probably be excited about writing a poem of their own.  It may seem overwhelming or hard, but writing poems can actually be an easy and rewarding experience. Choose a Poem Type There are several different types of poems that are simple for children to write when starting out. Rhyming Couplet – A rhyming couplet is a simple

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Reading Responses with Writing

It is important for children to respond to reading in some way.  It helps them enjoy the story more and allows you as parents to be sure that they are understanding what they are reading.  They can respond to reading in different ways including art, discussions, and dramatic play.  Another interesting way to respond to reading is by writing about the story. Writing to

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Creative Writing – Making Reading, Writing, and Speaking Fun

In this series on creative writing, you will learn a variety of fun activities that you can do with your children at home to incorporate reading, writing, and speaking creatively.  Creative writing has many educational benefits including developing higher-level reading skills, better verbal thinking, better writing skills, and the ability to coherently tell a story. In school, creative writing typically incorporates keeping a journal

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Creative Writing Based Upon Books

Creative writing doesn’t always have to use a story starter in order to begin your story.  One creative twist to creative writing would be to base your writing from another story that you have read with your children.  You can start the activity by choosing a book to read with them and then plan are a variety of follow-up activities that you can do

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Learning Sight Words Can Be Fun

Sight words are a necessary part of learning to read.  Of course, it is important to be able to sound out new words, but there are so many words that cannot be sounded out.  Words like “were”, “some”, “love”, and so many more.  These words that cannot be sounded out are called sight words.  The only way to really learn sight words is to

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Ways to Celebrate Poetry

Ways to Celebrate Poetry After reading and writing poetry in the month of April, you can end your celebration with a wide variety of activities.  One activity would be to hold an open mic night.  This could be done for the month of April in lieu of a traditional kids book club.  Organizing this poetry reading is a breeze if you read and follow

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Poetry Writing Activities: Poetry4Kids and ReadWriteThink

Poetry Writing Activities Inspired by reading such a wide variety of poems, your child may be interested in penning their own poems.  There are so many different types of poetry that children can learn to write, beyond just rhyming couplets.  There are also many online resources to help you and your child get started. Poetry4Kids Poetry4Kids is a great starting point.  This online guide

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Choosing Books Based on the Three Purposes of Writing

Three Purposes of Writing Every author writes with one of three purposes of writing in mind.  He either writes to persuade, to inform, or to entertain.  Most children tend to choose books that entertain – novels, comic books, etc.  However, it is helpful to at least introduce your child to reading materials that can inform or persuade as well.  But how do you do

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Plastic Easter Egg Reading Activities

Plastic Easter eggs are on sale everywhere this time of year, but there are many uses for them year-round. .  While they are great for a scavenger hunt and storing candy for Easter baskets, they are also an excellent learning tool.  There are many reading activities that you can do with your children to incorporate reading skills practice activities with colorful plastic Easter eggs.

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