Reading Bingo

Reading Bingo

A fun game that I have been playing recently with my daughter is reading bingo. This idea was suggested by our local library to help encourage summer reading and to prevent the summer slide. The summer slide refers to the slip in learning gains that happens over the summer when children aren’t in school. With reading bingo, you setup a bingo card with reading

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Improve Reading with “Picture Walks”

Improve Reading with "picture walks"

Many children need some help over the summer to improve their reading abilities or to keep them from slipping (the summer slide).  You can help your children improve reading with “Picture Walks”. A “picture walk” is a pre-reading strategy that is great for children of all ages. Children preview the book they are about to read from cover to cover asking the 5 w’s

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Best Summer Books 2016

Best Summer Books 2016

Finding the best summer books isn’t always easy to do.  This post will list for you the best summer books 2016 to help you make the search a little easier. Suggested or required summer reading assignments are traditionally made by teachers and schools to encourage children to remain active in their learning. Reading 20 minutes a day helps to build literacy and vocabulary skills

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Finding the Best Balance for your Advanced Reader: Broadening their Horizon

Advanced Readers; broadening their horizons

In this series, you have learned a lot about how to encourage and help your advanced reader grow and flourish with their reading skills. Books lists, eBooks, and a variety of tips have been presented. In one of those tips from the second post in this series on books lists, I encouraged you to help your reader to expand their horizons by trying to

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Social Media and Reading for Kids: Bookopolis

Social Media and Reading for Kids:  Bookopolis

Social media is a great way to encourage children to read by building a virtual library and social presence about what they have read, are reading, and would like to read.  Bookopolis is a children’s version of a social media reading website that is similar to the popular site, Good Reads.  However, Bookpolis is “COPPA kid safe certified” which means that it meets specific

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Paired Readings with Fiction and Non-Fiction

Paired Readings with Fiction and Non-Fiction

Promoting reading at home can create a lifelong love of reading for your child.  A way to expand what type of books that they read at home can be done by combining reading both a fiction and a non-fiction/informational book that have connections and similarities between the topics, themes, or characters.  This can help to expand your child’s reading interests.  Here are some resources

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Extension Activities for Reading at Home

Extension Activities for Reading at Home

Making connections with the real world through reading is a very important skill for children.  This is something that teachers strive to do and that you can help support at home. Stories build connections in many ways in our everyday lives, within our community, and beyond. Connections can be made as simply as relating ideas in the books to family life to create extension

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Reading Beyond the Words: Making Predictions

Reading Beyond the Words: Making Predictions

An important reading skill for children to learn is how to investigate the text and make predictions when reading a story. This is a common core skill that is typically taught beginning in early elementary school but can be integrated into home learning at an earlier age. Successful readers make a point to internally ask questions as they are reading. While at home you

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The Importance of Inferring

The Importance of Inferring

Whether we know it or not, all of us make assumptions or come to conclusions as we read.  When we read that a character left the house holding an umbrella, we assume that it is raining.  When a character has to stretch to reach a top shelf, we come to the conclusion that the character is short.  These assumptions and conclusions are called inferences.

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Advanced Readers – Using eBooks

ebooks, advanced readers, nook, ipad

eBooks are a great way for children to have access to a wide variety of books at their fingertips. Many libraries have growing libraries of eBooks as well as having accessibility to even more books through various apps and services. This post will provide you with the information to help you help your child to get started with borrowing and buying eBooks. Advanced readers

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