Learning to Read: Sight Words and Phonics Together

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by Becky Spence In the world of literacy, the idea of learning words by sight has been highly debated for a few decades as the literacy pendulum has swung back and forth between phonics and sight words. I believe, based on reading research, that kids need both sight words and phonics as they are learning to read and write. But sight words (I'm using sight words … [Read more...]

Sparky Fire Safety App

Sparky The Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms Story

Fire Prevention Week is October 5 - 11, 2014 and there's an app for that. (Of course!) I *think*  that I've told my kids what to do when there's a fire. Maybe when they were younger. Better get on that, huh! Here's the scoop, friends. We have to talk about fire safety every year. And, we have to make sure our homes are safe by having up-to-date fire alarms. I have two easy … [Read more...]

Funny Picture Books

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Kids love funny picture books. So do I! That's why I'm excited to share with you new funny picture book titles you'll want to read aloud to your kids. You already know that picture books are imporant for all ages of children, right? And that even if your child can read chapter books, picture books offer so much in terms of engaging stories, reading something in one … [Read more...]

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...]

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

Early Readers 2014

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...]

Roll and Play First Toddler Game

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Ready for the BEST, most fun toddler game ever? Roll and Play First Toddler Game 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 … [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...]