15 Ways for Kids to Learn New Vocabulary

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Fluent readers need a big vocabulary. The more words a child knows, the better reader and writer he is. (Anderson and Freebody, 1981; Graves, 1986; Stahl, 1998) (DOE, NAEP, 2011) So it's up to us as parents to help our children develop a large vocabulary. The best way to learn new words is to use them, play with them, listen to them, and apply them. While it is possible … [Read more...]

Need a Tutor? I Like MindLaunch

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MindLaunch is a concierge-style, high-quality tutoring service. Not only is it all conveniently virtual, it hand-picks the perfect U.S. licensed, certified teacher to help your K-12 student. It's mission is to empower children to become adept learners. In fact, if it doesn't have the perfect teacher for you, it will search worldwide until it finds one. (But that's in very … [Read more...]

5 Strategies to Help an Unmotivated Child

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I have a daughter who dislikes challenges. She'd rather give up than persevere. This is probably hugely affected by her sensory processing disorder and ADHD. How, I don't really know. But I do know that she does not have what professor Angela Duckworth calls grit and author Carol Dweck calls it a growth mindset. Or at least it's hidden somewhere. And I'mkind of … [Read more...]

Entertaining NEW Early Reader Books

Early Readers 2014

Your beginning readers need good books (that make sense!) to read. You also can play fun reading games while you read. For example, try searching for words that begin or end with one sound. So, while you read, search for words that beginn with the "p" sound or end with a "d" sound. Remember to track the words across the page left to right using your finger or a reading … [Read more...]

Storytelling Play

Storytelling Play

Are you looking for more ways to encourage your kids to write and invent stories? Here are more storytelling ideas to inspire word play, storytelling, and writing. 1. Haikubes  Haikubes are meant to inspire haiku but we use them to make silly sentences. They make a great centerpiece for the dinner table. Then you can play around with the words while you're … [Read more...]

Funtastic First Toddler Game

Roll and Play

Ready for the perfect, most fun toddler game ever? Roll and Play Kids and parents both love this game. It's an active, whole family game that even the littlest can play. How to Play Roll & Play: 1. Toss the plush cube. 2. Say what color you rolled then pick a matching color card. 3. Read and do what it says on the cards. There are 48 game cards in six … [Read more...]

Innovative Thinking Game for Kids: Disruptus

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Check out this new game that will make your kids think outside the box. Disruptus. It's completely unique and innovative. It forces your brains really think creatively. (I'm positive this is harder for adults!) Disruptus Basic Play: 1. Roll the dice to see which type of "disruptive thinking" to do: CREATE, IMPROVE, TRANSFORM, DISRUPT. 2. Draw one (or 2 in some … [Read more...]

Spotlight on New Comic Books

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"Comics are a gateway drug to literacy."--Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Maus and TOON Books Series Advisor Don't you love this quote!? I totally agree. Kids need a variety in their reading diet. Let kids read comic books + chapter books + non-fiction books. It's like a healthy eating: a little of everything from each food plate category adds up to the … [Read more...]