Reading Instruction

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READ IT AGAIN! – Reading to Your Child

Young kids love to read the same book over and over again. Their developing brains see new things in the pictures and better understand the story each time they read it. Plus, the consistency of seeing the same story unfold the same way each time helps children develop a strong sense of sequencing and process. …

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The Allure of the Graphic Novel

As your fairly typical “boy mom”, I can tell you I’ve seen just about every kind of graphic novel for kids. Long before my son discovered Marvel and DC superheroes, he found Captain Underpants, The Adventures of Dogman, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, to name a few. Perhaps at first glance, graphic novels or …

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5 Keys to a Successful Summer Reading Initiative

Kelli Bush with Elizabethtown Independent Schools highlights 5 keys to a successful summer reading initiative, such as Kids Read Now. In her eSchoolNews, December 2020 article, she explains how her district\’s dedication and the Kids Read Now in-home summer reading program are changing her students\’ reading habits for the better. Read the full article here.

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Book Deserts – Blame or Rain

Many kids survive in a \”book desert\” without access to books. Let’s rain books onto every child to create a book oasis instead. “Something that provides refuge, relief, or pleasant contrast.” Oh, wait… that’s an oasis. During this current crisis, many of us have spent time creating our own oasis with multiple trips to Home …

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The Empowerment of Student Choice

Empowering kids to make their own choices Being a kid can be rough sometimes. Sure, as adults we look back at all the snack times recesses and naptimes that we took for granted, but kids oftentimes don’t have much of a voice when it comes to curricula, learning plans, and homework. Ask just about any …

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Finding the \”Just Right\” Reading Range

Finding your children’s perfect reading range may seem like a daunting task at first. On one hand you want to challenge them but on the other, you don’t want them to get discouraged. So how do you find that fine line where reading is both fun and beneficial? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! …

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Discovery Sheets: Talking About Books Builds Reading Skills

Every book we mail home has a book-specific “Discovery Sheet” on the inside front cover. PARENT TIP: For books you get from other places, you can help build reading skills by making up questions or activities like these and talk about EVERY BOOK when your child finishes reading it. It has room for your child …

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The Summer Reading Slide

Summer Reading Slide : Summer Reading Program for K-3 The Summer Slide: Summer is a time for relaxation, sunshine, vacations, and… reading loss? It’s estimated that a child loses two months of learning each summer, which accumulates each year, totaling almost two years of learning loss by the time they graduate high school. This epidemic …

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Troy nonprofit sending books to students during coronavirus shutdown to prevent learning loss

by: Aliah Williamson, WDTN NEWS Link to the original post TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – Every summer since 2012, the Kids Read Now organization sends books to 130 different school districts to combat “summer slide” or learning loss. This year, as the coronavirus shut down could potentially keep kids out of school for at least 5 …

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