Punctuation Hunt

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Punctuation is  a very important part of writing. And for some kids, it can be a bit hard to master. Sure, a period goes at the end of a sentence, but those commas can be tricky. I wanted my beginning writers to start noticing punctuation marks and see examples of correct usage, so I sent them on a punctuation hunt. I grabbed an old magazine that was headed for the … [Read more...]

Best Book Bags

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Looking for a good book bag? Well, look no further. After years of trial and error, I can tell you what the best book bags are and where to buy them. Because on a typical weekly visit to the library, we check out 30 books. So I need the best book bag that will hold all of our reading material! I recommend that you buy a bag with 1) a flat bottom and 2) a pocket for your … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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

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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...]