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Children Reading On Floor Of Library
The purpose of reading is comprehension.  Without comprehension, children gain no meaning from what they read; they are just word-calling. It is no exaggeration to say that comprehending what you read has a profound impact on everyday activities.  The earlier that kids develop this fundamental skill, the better off they will be in school, and...
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Girl Thinking
Vocabulary is vital for reading comprehension.  If kids do not know what the words mean, they will not be able to make sense of the text they are reading.  Beginning readers have to use the words that they hear orally to understand the words they see in print.  This larger vocabulary will really pay off...
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Boy Reading Comprehension
You may have heard teachers say that children in grades K-2 are “learning to read”, while children in grade 3 and above are “reading to learn”.  Although there is some debate as to whether this statement is accurate, when kids enter third grade, there is a definite shift in HOW they read and WHY they...
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Picture Book
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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Table Of Contents
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
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
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
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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Children Writing Books
Research has proven that reading affects writing and writing affects reading.  But, simply UNDERSTANDING that reading and writing are connected is not enough.  To  help our kids develop these two critical literacy skills,  parents (and teachers) must APPLY this knowledge when working with them.  In this blog, I am going to share a few ideas...
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Family Reading Time
Summer is coming to an end.  No more playing until the street lights come on (Is that still a THING?), catching fireflies at twilight, or just staying up super late.  Now that kids are back in school, we, as parents, need to bring back school year routines and structure.  One way I eased my kids...
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