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...]

Sparky Fire Safety App

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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...]

23 Best Multiplication Apps for Kids

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Apps make multiplication learning and practice fun for kids. There's just something about technology that is so enticing! I've found 23 multiplication apps your kids can use to practice their times tables. Some are better than others so I've made sure to indicate which I highly recommend. Lumio Farm Factor FREE I like how this shows the multiplication -- that it's … [Read more...]

5 Fun Multiplication Games for Kids

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Multiplication games give kids fun ways to practice and reinforce those tricky multiplication fact families. Here are five easy games you can play with your kids or they can play on their own. Multiplication Games for Kids 1) SPEED SPEED is a game that familiarizes kids with the multiples of digets 2 through 9. Janine of True Aim Education writes that her daughter … [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...]

Collaborative Story Writing for Kids (in the Digital Age)

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Our teenage babysitter gave us the BEST writing idea -- and my kids took off with it! A Collaborative Email Story Writing Idea In a collaborative story, each person takes turns telling the part of the story. 1. Pick the Writers Invite trusted friends, babysitters, or family members to write the story with you. If your kids have email like mine do, be sure that you … [Read more...]