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 Parenting Strategies to Develop a Growth Mindset

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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'm worried. She's … [Read more...]

Entertaining NEW Early Reader Books

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Your beginning readers need good books (that make sense!) to read. Check out these new early reader books that are actually really entertaining. While you are reading, play reading games. For example, try searching for words that begin or end with one sound. So search for words that begin with the "p" sound or end with a "d" sound. Remember to track the words across the … [Read more...]

Storytelling Activities for Kids

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Storytelling activities allows children to stretch their thinking and imaginations. Here are more storytelling activities and ideas to inspire word play, storytelling, and writing. Storytelling Play Activities for Kids 1. Haikubes  Haikubes are meant to inspire haiku but we use them to make silly sentences and start stories. They make a great centerpiece for the dinner … [Read more...]

Innovative Thinking Game for Kids: Disruptus

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Want a game for kids that will get them to think outside the box? Disruptus is your answer. It's completely unique and innovative. It forces our 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...]

5 Tips for Improving your Child’s Handwriting Skills

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Teaching children handwriting is so important, even though it's complex and often challenging. Why? Because you don't want them to develop bad habits that are hard to break and lead to problems down the road. I have worked with children from the earliest age of three to help them start to understand the basics of handwriting. Having kids of my own and a background in … [Read more...]