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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, ins...
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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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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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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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