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...]

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...]

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...]

Motivate Beginning Readers with DIY Reading Pointers

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Here's a fun idea to try with your beginning readers. Instead of tracking the words on the page with your finger, make your own super snazzy reading pointers. Tracking while you read means that your eyes can work together to follow the line of print from the left side of the page to the right. Once a child becomes proficient at this, the use of a finger (or pointer) becomes … [Read more...]

3 Engrossing Word Games for Kids

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Three word games, WordARound, Bubble Talk, and Junior Scrabble, are always top choices for my kids for family game time. (Although I think my husband could play Bubble Talk by himself just because he thinks it's so funny.) Let me tell you about them.  1. WordARound WordARound cards have three rings, black, red, and blue, with words written around each ring. To play, start … [Read more...]

“On the Go” Phonics Scavenger Hunt

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Finding something educational for your child to do while you're out in public can be hard. An "On the Go" Phonics Scavenger Hunt  is perfect for those times where you're sitting in the car, doctor's office, or even at a meeting where you need to keep the little one busy. This "On the Go" Phonics Scavenger Hunt is perfect for the child who is learning more about letter sounds … [Read more...]