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Practical Tips for Making Read-Aloud Time Easier

Last week, I gave you a little information about the importance of reading aloud with children— of all ages. But believe me, I know that actually reading aloud to children isn’t always easy! 848 more words

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The Importance of Reading Aloud to Children-- of ALL Ages

I was all set to do a post this week about things your kiddos can do while they listen to stories and books, but then it dawned on me… Before we talk about that, we need to address WHY those same children– children of all ages, even if they can already read to themselves– need to be listening to stories and books in the first place! 693 more words

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The Best Way to Display Kids’ Work

Did you know that one of the four factors present in the homes of nearly every early reader and student who responds easily to the first instruction in school includes (among other things) “displaying his paperwork in a prominent place in the home” (Jim Trelease, … 319 more words

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The Importance of Invented Spelling

Let’s talk about the importance of invented spelling! Did you know that invented spelling (when a child makes her best guess, without adult help, at a word based on their understanding of letters and sounds) is a completely normal developmental stage as preschoolers and young elementary schoolers learn to write? 251 more words

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The Benefits of Repeated Readings

Raise your hand if your kids LOVE to listen to the same book over and over again. Now be honest— how do you feel about reading those books over and over again? 288 more words

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An Engaging Way for Babies and Toddlers to "Read"

When you think about reading with your little ones, remember that reading happens outside of traditional books, too! In fact, really important literacy development happens when children “read” and see adults reading a variety of print types— street signs, menus, directions, safety warnings… These all help children develop important literacy skills! 305 more words

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Making Library Visits Fun and Easy with Little Ones

I love going to the library. And I love taking my girls to the library! They truly have a great time there, and we can find so many wonderful things to read while only paying late fees (which, by the way, you should look into— our library system just did away with fees for juvenile materials!).  1,289 more words

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