Poetry Activities and NEW Books

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Children's poetry is one of my favorite ways to hook writers. After all, there are no sentences in sight. No paragraphs, not even capital letters sometimes. Read poetry for enjoyment and experience with the form. Also, read poetry to learn how to write poetry. BUT, reading poetry can be good and bad for young writers. Bad if it limits children to thinking all poems … [Read more...]

Handwriting Matters — and We Need to Teach It

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“Back when I went to teaching school, we had an entire semester on handwriting,” my new colleague grimaced as she looked at my messy handwriting left on the chalkboard after my first day of teaching. I never did improve my handwriting, nor did I have any idea how to teach it. Schools have too much to teach in too short of time. Handwriting practice is low on the list of … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Books for Young Writers

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A few months ago, I got to teach writing workshop in second grade. I taught them how to make an easy handmade book that they could replicate at home. All one needs is paper, a paperclip, and a rubber band. We made word collection books. The kids used them in reading, where they copied down words they LOVED; and in writing, where they incorporated their collection of amazing, … [Read more...]

Kids iPad Learning Apps Winter 2013

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Ready for some new educational apps? I figured this was about the time you would be itching to get some new apps. Kids home for several weeks. Extra time. All of that. Math & Science Pettson's Inventions 2 $1.99 math, visual Cartoony graphics get to figure out how to build something but it's not as easy as it seems because you can't just put something … [Read more...]

DIY Christmas Storybook with Printable Story Starters

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Today for the 2012 Creative Christmas Countdown, I'll show you how to make your own Christmas storybook, a handmade book covered in wrapping paper, filled with colorful pages ready for you to write imaginative Christmas stories. Use the free printable holiday story starters to inspire ideas. Supplies: paper, scissors, printer, glue, card stock, cereal boxes, … [Read more...]

The Best Writing Gifts for Kids

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I know you're searching for meaningful gifts for your kids - gifts that aren't just plastic and battery operated. I've searched for the best gift ideas to encourage your children to write and invent stories. All of these I highly recommend - and would buy for my own kids. (Or already have.) See if you find anything that your kids will like. Let me know what you think in the … [Read more...]

Sneak Peek at My Educational Gift Guides for Kids

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As in years past of publishing learning gifts for kids, I've compiled a guide of the best educational gifts for kids -- toys, games, kits, puzzles, and so forth -- in many learning categories: writing, reading, science, math, art, and games. Since many of you have asked, I want you to have a sneak peek at ALL the learning gifts in this year's gift guide. (It's a LONG list! … [Read more...]

Free Printable Halloween Treasure Hunt

Free printable Halloween treasure hunt for kids

This weekend, you can sneak in a little reading and rhyming with this free, printable Halloween Treasure Hunt. Help younger kids with the reading and rhyming or modify the clues. Make Your Own Treasure Hunt 1. Write out the answers, in other words, where your kids will find each clue. 2. Go to Rhyme Zone and enter each answer to find rhyming words for it. 3. … [Read more...]