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"I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!" READING ACTIVITY

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In celebration of Valentine's Day, try this fun reading routine that is sure to ignite your children's love of reading. Classroom extension ideas are included as well. Have fun and post pictures of your learners loving their books on Instagram. Tag @readinghouse for a chance to win The Reading House book!


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Mix Up The Reading Material To Keep It Fresh!

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Looking for a new family routine to keep your children's interest in reading high throughout the winter months? Visit the library to sample a variety of reading materials and watch their enthusiasm grow! Diane DiMemmo is a former elementary teacher and current tutor for struggling and advanced readers. She developed many hands-on reading ...
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READING ACTIVITY: EGG CARTON COMPREHENSION

READING ACTIVITY: EGG CARTON COMPREHENSION
Try using this hands-on game the next time you read with your child. Involving them in the reading process will increase their focus and attention to the task. Egg Carton Comprehension guides them to practice reading skills that will enhance their understanding and learning. Diane DiMemmo is a former elementary teacher...
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10 Simple Ways to Strengthen A Fledgling or Challenged Reader's Abilities

10 Simple Ways to Strengthen A Fledgling or Challenged Reader's Abilities
In my book – THE READING HOUSE - I explain that there are several reading categories into which kids fit; and different types of readers need different kinds of learning opportunities. Children can be Classic Readers , Uninspired Readers , or Challenged Readers . To find out which type of reader your child is, check out our past blog article, "What...
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SIMPLE READING ROUTINES TO DO WITH YOUR CHILDREN

SIMPLE READING ROUTINES TO DO WITH YOUR CHILDREN
The main purpose of our Reading House activities is to arm parents with simple reading routines they can do at home with their children. These activities will strengthen children's reading skills and ignite their desire to read more frequently. Avid readers become thoughtful thinkers; and those who think will become creators and...
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Literary Experiences™

Literary Experiences™
It is so important to read aloud to children of all ages. We know it. We've heard it. We want to do it. But sometimes life just gets in the way. All parents want to prepare their children as much as possible for future academic success. But often there is barely enough time to eat dinner together! Well, there is something that can be done, when rea...
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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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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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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 ...
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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. ...
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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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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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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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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 v isit our website to learn more about our story!
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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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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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The Book Fairy

The Book Fairy
The Book Fairy activity below is taken from  The Reading House  book and can be found in the "Loving Literature" chapter. Post a picture or video of your youngster having a Book Fairy experience (remember to tag us) and you will receive a FREE paperback copy of The Reading House  while supplies...
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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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LANGUAGE ARTS

LANGUAGE ARTS
"If the English Language made any sense, lackadaisical would have something to do with a shortage of flowers."   - Doug Larson, Author The 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 ...
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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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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 s...
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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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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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