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Never Give Up
There was a reading unit when I was teaching third grade where the vocabulary word, perseverance, was introduced.  I loved teaching my students about this word!  According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, perseverance is “continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.”  The act of persevering is so important to instill in...
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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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Kids Baking
Winter break is a well-deserved reprieve from homework and daily school commitments…for teachers, students and parents alike.  Kids are counting down the days until the commencement of the glorious holiday break, but we all know it will be over before you know it!  Kids will likely spend more time in bed and on their devices. ...
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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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Tracing Letter A
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
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
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
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
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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