Apr
18
2010

Reading Comprehension for Eight to Twelve Year Olds

My son is in third grade. His reading seems to have progressed quite well or at least I thought it had. He can read aloud quite well. His decoding skills seem to be ok. I am however, concerned with his comprehension. It seems as though now that he is in third grade he doesn’t read …Related Posts:Helping Your Child Transition from Easy Readers to Chapter BooksFive Ways to Motivate ReadersHow to Encourage a Struggling LearnerTales [...]

Apr
10
2010

Teens, Tweens and Chemical Abuse

It’s not just the usual illicit drugs and abused prescriptions which parents need to be concerned about anymore. I’ve recently learned of several tragic incidents caused by middle school students “huffing.” Although the practice of abusing common chemicals found in products from glue to carpet cleaners to aerosol cans has been around for …Related Posts:No Related Posts Found

Apr
2
2010

My Three Favorite Dr. Seuss Books

Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss! On March 2nd many children celebrated the great works of Dr. Seuss. Here are my three favorite Dr. Seuss books: 1. The Cat in the Hat 2. Green Eggs and Ham 3. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! ( I love to give this book as a gift for graduations.  It’s perfect for all ages!)Related Posts:No Related Posts Found

Mar
31
2010

Reading Aloud: “Kick It Up a Notch”

Reading Aloud:  “Kick It Up a Notch” By Dawn Little Founder, Links to Literacy  Do you read aloud to your children every day, but wonder what you can do to “kick it up a notch?”  Reading aloud is a wonderful opportunity to share a few quality minutes with our children snuggling and enjoying a book.  But, did you …Related Posts:Helping Your Child Transition from Easy Readers to Chapter BooksHow to Encourage a Struggling LearnerBook Review: [...]

Mar
27
2010

Choosing A Good Preschool

I’ve just started looking at preschools for my daughter to attend next fall.  They all have such structured schedules.  Aren’t kids allowed to just play anymore?   The concern revealed from your question is justified.  There are hundreds of books on the market today that discuss the importance of play in a child’s social, emotional and physical …Related Posts:Don’t Let Your Child Be A Compulsive EaterTraveling With KidsCalming An Aggressive Child

Mar
21
2010

Ways To Raise a Writer

Ways to Raise a Writer:  If you want your child to write, motivate him with a designated area and his own special tools and materials.  Put together a “Writer’s Box” with the items listed below and designate a quiet place with a good solid writing surface somewhere in the house as, “The Writer’s Corner.”   Stock the Box …Related Posts:Your Child’s Writing LifeWhat Makes Kindergarten Teachers Crazy?How To Memorize Spelling WordsPuppets: A Fresh Approach to Storytelling [...]

Mar
20
2010

Why Learning Sight Words is Important

  I think that it is very important that parents and teachers of reading embrace the idea that the more strategies a beginning reader has, the faster the learning process will be. To quote from the Journal of Educational Research: The most convincing rationale for teaching sight words is that if they are well selected they will, …Related Posts:All About Learning Sight WordsHow To Memorize Spelling WordsHelping Your Child Transition from Easy Readers to Chapter [...]

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