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MAY
22

READY, SET, GO!! HOW TO PRIME CHILDREN TO READ

READY, SET, GO!! HOW TO PRIME CHILDREN TO READ
Think about the last time you had to sit quietly and listen to a lecture, meeting, or presentation. Did it last longer than anticipated? Did you have to shift in your seat several times to get comfortable? How often did you hope it would just end? Most importantly, was your attention to the topic still peaked - and were you fully engaged - toward t...
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JAN
31

ONE THING PARENTS CAN DO TO MAKE THEIR CHILDREN BETTER READERS

ONE THING PARENTS CAN DO TO MAKE THEIR CHILDREN BETTER READERS

"Readers are plentiful, thinkers are rare." - Henry G. Strauss.

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JAN
19

WORD POPS - A FUN WORD PLAY ACTIVITY

WORD POPS - A FUN WORD PLAY ACTIVITY
Consistently learning and practicing new words is essential for readers of all ages. This activity can be used on a daily basis to enhance the learning of sight, spelling, or vocabulary words. Supplies: Shoe box; index cards or words cut from a spelling or sight word list; un-popped popcorn kernels or decorative filler stones; markers or pictures t...
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JAN
02

Creativity Is The Solution

Creativity Is The Solution
How often have you heard your child say, "I'm bored!"? There aren't many statements that are more frustrating or guilt-provoking than that one! In thinking about why children continue to share that sentiment over and over again, one need only look at the types of activities they are most frequently doing, and the items they are continuously using.W...
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DEC
14

HOW YOU READ WITH YOUR CHILD IS SUPER IMPORTANT

HOW YOU READ WITH YOUR CHILD IS SUPER IMPORTANT
There is no refuting the fact that regularly reading with your children benefits them in many, many ways. Cognitive functions improve, pre-reading and reading skills are bolstered, verbal communication is enhanced, and the parent-child bond is strengthened. The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends that parents should be "reading toget...
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OCT
24

READING WITH MANIPULATIVES

READING WITH MANIPULATIVES

Manipulatives are physical objects that are used as teaching tools to engage children in hands-on learning. This blog article discusses the importance of using manipulatives when reading and shares hands-on reading activities parents can do with their children today.

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SEP
15

TEN AWESOME WAYS TO PRACTICE FOR A SPELLING TEST!

TEN AWESOME WAYS TO PRACTICE FOR A SPELLING TEST!
The kids are back to school and that means they will soon be bringing home lists of spelling and vocabulary words to memorize. It has been said that repetition is the mother of all learning, and it seems like we still embrace that philosophy with spelling practice. But repetitive drills don't have to be boring. Try some of these hand...
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SEP
07

10 Reading Routines You Can Start Using Today

10 Reading Routines You Can Start Using Today
Daily reading routines are at the heart of home reading practice. Reading House routines are so simple and enjoyable that your children won't even know they are engaged in a learning process! Try incorporating some of the activities below into your day and post a picture of your family enjoying a story together. Tag yo...
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AUG
19

WHAT READING TYPE IS YOUR CHILD AND HOW CAN YOU HELP?

WHAT READING TYPE IS YOUR CHILD AND HOW CAN YOU HELP?
From my experiences as an elementary teacher, reading tutor, and parent, I've found that there are three general reading categories into which kids fit; and different types of readers need different kinds of learning opportunities. As a parent, how do you find out what kind of reader your child is? Can they improve? How can you best assist you...
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AUG
09

THE READING SURVEY

THE READING SURVEY
Selecting the most effective literature can be a challenge for parents who are overwhelmed by all of the book choices. The first place to start is with your child's interests. Think about the activities your child enjoys and look for books that include that subject. If you want to have a more detailed conversation with your child about his or her i...
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AUG
02

THE READING FORT

There is nothing better to children than having a secret, private place where adults are not allowed. We parents won't feel the sting of rejection as much if we know they are getting their daily dose of reading at the same time!Take a look inside the Reading House eBook and visit our website to learn more about our story!
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JUL
22

ABC SUMMER FUN

ABC SUMMER FUN
There are so many different ways to insert fun literary experiences throughout your day, and learning the alphabet is a great starting point for the younger set. Warmer summer days beckon us outside. Use the natural environment that surrounds you as a learning playground for your little learners!
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JUL
19

S'MORES AND CAMPFIRE SONGS

S'MORES AND CAMPFIRE SONGS
Literary experiences and reading routines are at the core of The Reading House philosophy. By infusing reading into everyday experiences, we make learning a natural extension of the activities and errands we do with our children. Helping our children become stronger readers doesn't have to be a chore. We need only be aware of the opportunities that...
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JUL
17

The Book Fairy

The Book Fairy
The Book Fairy activity is taken from The Reading House and can be found in the "Loving Literature" chapter. Please post pictures or videos of your youngsters having a Book Fairy experience (on the Reading House social media sites below) and you will receive a FREE paperback copy of The Reading House while supplie...
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JUL
15

WORD PLAY

WORD PLAY
The variety of words and terms in the English language are what make it such a rich and wonderful language. Written descriptions can be so vivid that they paint realistic pictures in our minds. Recognizing and understanding words and their meanings help to augment comprehension and broaden speaking vocabularies. Games that promote practice and repe...
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JUL
14

LANGUAGE ARTS

LANGUAGE ARTS
"If the English Language made any sense, lackadaisical would have something to do with a shortage of flowers."  - Doug Larson, AuthorThe English language seems to have more exceptions than rules, multitudes of letter combinations that produce the same sounds, masses of words that have more than one meaning, verbs that possess different te...
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JUL
13

READING STRATEGIES

READING STRATEGIES
Your child has learned the letters of the alphabet, the sounds the letters make, and has mastered several sight words. He is ready to put it all together. He is ready to read! You eagerly choose a book for him and he tries his best. He reads some of the words and you're really proud of him. But he becomes frustrated when he frequently runs into wor...
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JUL
12

READING ROUTINES

READING ROUTINES
Daily routines, or habits, are comforting. Adults and children flourish with set routines because we know what to expect and what is expected of us. In addition to already established household and school routines, a daily reading routine can have a great impact upon your child's level of reading success. With recurrent time dedicated to reading, y...
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JUL
11

STORY EXTENSIONS

STORY EXTENSIONS
"A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must lay it down and commence living on its hint … what I began reading I must finish by acting."– Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), American author, poet, philosopher, and historianAlthough comprehension is the ultimate goal of reading, extending themselves beyond the story is what will propel...
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JUL
10

COMPREHENSION

COMPREHENSION
The ultimate goal of reading is comprehension. When children understand what they're reading, they will truly enjoy the activity so that learning happens naturally. Reading becomes the means to an end for a lifelong learner. Lifelong learners are curious and continuously seek out information to expand their knowledge base. They take that informatio...
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JUL
08

ABC's, PHONICS, and BOOK CONVENTIONS

ABC's, PHONICS, and BOOK CONVENTIONS
"Identification of predictors of children's eventual success in learning to read has been an active area of research. Three powerful predictors are (1) preschooler's ability to recognize and name letters of the alphabet, (2) their general knowledge about text (where is the front or back of the book, whether the story is told by the pictures or the ...
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JUL
08

READING WITH BABY & TODDLER

READING WITH BABY & TODDLER
"Children who receive stimulating literacy experiences from birth onward appear to have an edge when it comes to vocabulary development, understanding the goals of reading, and developing an awareness of print and literacy concepts. Children who are read to frequently at a very young age become exposed in interesting and exciting ways to the sounds...
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JUN
09

THE CHALLENGED READER

THE CHALLENGED READER
"This is so stupid.""I'll never get this." "I hate reading!" "I give up!"I have heard these statements and countless others throughout my years of teaching. There is a large segment of the student population to whom reading just does not come easily. I call these children challenged readers because learning to read is so challenging for them. ...
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JUN
08

ACADEMIC SELF-ESTEEM

ACADEMIC SELF-ESTEEM
For years, we have been aware of the importance of building up and strengthening the self-esteem of our children. With a healthy respect for themselves, children can better handle the ups and downs life will undoubtedly show them. Those who have a high self-esteem can more easily handle conflicts and persevere to find solutions to problems. Childre...
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MAY
24

THE UNINSPIRED READER

THE UNINSPIRED READER
Every teacher struggles to accommodate learners at various levels of readiness. As you teach a lesson to your entire class, you try to adapt the learning experience so that all can grasp it and be properly challenged at the same time. All educators are well aware that in every class there are children whose learning appetites are insatiable (classi...
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MAY
10

COLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK

COLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK
The College Word of the Week activity came from my own fifth grade teacher, Miss Jackson, who was my inspiration for becoming an elementary teacher. She was always looking for exciting ways to motivate us when we were learning new words. Her lessons and personality made learning a fun, joyful experience.The college word was a bonus on our weekly sp...
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APR
28

The Reader Mindset

The Reader Mindset
As a teacher and tutor, I cannot tell you how often I've heard a child say, "I can't read," "I'll never read," or "Reading is too hard." These children have already made up their minds that they are not a member of the "exclusive" club of readers. They believe the task is somehow out of their reach.So, I'll often ask them if they play a sport, inst...
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APR
15
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LOVING LITERATURE

LOVING LITERATURE
What do you truly love to do? Paint? Play an instrument? Run? Plant a garden? Favorite activities such as these often become our hobbies. We seek opportunities to do them as often as possible, thus becoming quite proficient at them. The same result will occur for children who regard reading as a pleasurable activity."Reading for fun had a positive ...
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MAR
30

THE CLASSIC READER

THE CLASSIC READER
A CLASSIC READER™ is one to whom the reading process comes easily and who naturally finds reading to be a pleasurable activity. Some children struggle with the acquisition of reading skills while the classic reader learns rather quickly and without much assistance. I believe classic readers are made from the experience of being read to consistently...
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MAR
23
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The Best Gifts

The Best Gifts

Being a lifelong bookworm, I have always treasured books and think of them as the most awesome gifts to give to others. What I've found, though, is when looking for birthday presents for our children's friends … we tend to overlook the book. The latest gadgets, toys, clothing, or collectibles are what draw the most "ooohs and ahhhs" during the party, correct? Well, not necessarily. Read on for some pretty cool gift ideas that include literature as the main attraction.

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MAR
21
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Poetry Pictures

Poetry Pictures

"There is no Frigate like a Book 

To take us Lands away, 

Nor any Coursers like a Page 

Of prancing Poetry "

- Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), American poet 

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MAR
15
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Always and Never Reading Methods … 18 tips when teaching young and challenged readers

Always and Never Reading Methods … 18 tips when teaching young and challenged readers
Young readers are those who are just beginning to learn and use decoding strategies, and are on the road to becoming independent readers. Challenged readers are a little older but find learning to read an overwhelming and difficult process. They struggle with comprehension and haven't yet mastered the use of reading strategies. Both of these types ...
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MAR
02
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What is a Literary Experience?

What is a Literary Experience?

The foundational philosophy of Reading House activities is the use of "literary experiences." Literary experiences are instructional reading moments, games, routines, or lessons that occur within the context of everyday life. Sometimes these activities are planned and sometimes they aren't. The defining aspect of literary experiences, though, is that they happen naturally throughout the course of a learner's day.

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FEB
02
0

10 Surefire Ways to Keep Your Students on Task

10 Surefire Ways to Keep Your Students on Task

When teaching a large class, it is imperative to keep your students' attention on the learning task. As soon as one child starts to lose interest or fool around, the domino effect will happen. As other children withdraw their attention, the main thrust of your lesson has lost its power. Try implementing some of the following techniques into your teaching routines. You'll be pleasantly surprised at the results.

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FEB
01
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Parental Expectations and the Homework Nook

Parental Expectations and the Homework Nook
Homework is a daily ritual for most of us with school-aged children, and it's a task that must be done around extra curricular activities and dinner. There are two factors that positively influence the homework experience: clear parental expectations and a defined and organized homework space.Communicating expectations to your children about homewo...
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