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Tracing Letter A
29
Nov

Learning Letters

I absolutely LOVE being the children’s librarian at my school…especially when my kindergarteners come to check out books.  They are SO EXCITED to look at the books and to take one home.  Many of our kindergarteners do not know how to read yet, so they “picture read”.  This is a wonderful “prequel” to reading.  However,...
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Girl Writing
14
Nov

Expressing Ourselves

Writing is such an important literacy skill because it gives us a way to express ourselves.  As a teacher, parents often ask me for advice on how to help their child in writing.  In this blog, I will share a few ways that parents can support their child’s writing development in fun ways.   Make Lists...
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Picture Book
08
Nov

How To Read To Young Children

Have you ever heard of a “wordless picture book”?  Wordless picture books are books without words or very few words, but they are a great way to build critical literacy, listening vocabulary, and comprehension skills.  They also help increase a child’s awareness of how stories are structured. As the school librarian in my district, I...
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Study Tips
01
Nov

Middle School Study Tips

Raising a middle schooler comes with a whole slew of challenges including how to help them with their studies in school. Let’s face it, the content that kids are learning is different and HOW they are learning it is different from when WE were their age.  How are parents supposed to know how to help...
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Kids And Math
25
Oct

Hands On Math Fun

My husband and I love watching stand-up comedy.  One of our favorite comedians is Nate Bargatze.  In one of his specials, he talks about having to help his third-grade daughter with her math homework.  In the segment, he jokes this math is SO different that parents have to watch a 40-minute Youtube video to teach...
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Table Of Contents
17
Oct

How to Read Nonfiction Text

As our school’s librarian, I hear book requests from kids ALL THE TIME.  The one genre that kids seem to really enjoy is nonfiction.  Kids LOVE to read about real people, animals, places, and events.  Nonfiction texts present real information in captivating and interesting ways.  However, kids spend WAY more time reading fiction books than...
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Child Reading A Book
12
Oct

Comprehension: The Goal of Reading

Once children learn to decode and read the words on the page, the next step in this process is comprehension.  If readers can read the words on the page, but do not understand what they are reading, they are not really reading.  Comprehension is the goal of reading.  It is the thinking process that readers...
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Parents Talking To Daughter
03
Oct

VOCABULARY DEVELPMENT PART 2

Vocabulary plays an essential role in the reading process and is critical to reading comprehension. Kids indirectly learn the meaning of most words through everyday experiences with oral and written language.   In last week’s blog, I shared a few ideas to help you increase your child’s vocabulary at home.  Remember that vocabulary development can become...
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Mom And Daughter
26
Sep

Vocabulary Development Part 1

Building vocabulary is crucial for helping children understand the words they are reading and make sense of the text.  Learning new words begins when children are just young babies and continues throughout life.  Together, along with a formal education, parents’ involvement in developing a child’s vocabulary is critical.  As much as 95% of the words...
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