How Children Make the Reading Connection and Become Expert Readers

How Children Make the Reading Connection and Become Expert Readers

Learning to read is like...digging through an old coat closet and finding Narnia.  Children enter the wardrobe and start hanging up all the skills they acquire without realizing that with each step deeper into the closet, they are on the path to something fantastic.  As children …
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Disney's Brave and Other Beloved Children's Stories Model Values:  Book Suggestions and Activities

Disney's Brave and Other Beloved Children's Stories Model Values: Book Suggestions and Activities

The best stories are the ones which give us an unanticipated and fortuitous glimpse into our own lives through the experiences of another.  The best stories are the ones which touch our hearts in a place where a new dream has taken root and give us the courage to let that new dream …
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Why Should Parents Care About Phonics Instruction?

Why Should Parents Care About Phonics Instruction?

Experience teaches us to be skeptical when things seem too good to be true, and it seems like 98% of the time an opportunity appears too amazing, something surely is amiss.  But sometimes you find a wonderful thing that doesn’t come with a catch, like the perfect pair of shoes …
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The Impact a Dad Can Have on His Children’s Reading Abilities

The Impact a Dad Can Have on His Children’s Reading Abilities

By Guest Blogger, Jamie Menard, MA in Reading As we celebrated Father’s Day this past weekend, many of us took the time to reflect back on the fond memories we have of our fathers when we were growing up. We think about lessons our fathers taught us, times we spent with our dad and …
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How to Help A Deaf Child Become a Successful Reader

How to Help A Deaf Child Become a Successful Reader

New parents are always such an endearing and amusing sight.  They cannot yet look at their babies without an Olympic-sized grin and a monumental show of pride as if their child just became the only infant in history to win a gold medal.  Even better than the uncontrollably- …
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Anyway We Can for Millie Flamm

Anyway We Can for Millie Flamm

Sometimes we have bad days where bad things happen to us and we get stuck in a bad mood.  For me, those days seem to be directly and unmistakably correlated with Monday mornings.  This seems to be the time when that measly-little-ounce of creativity I possess is still stuck on …
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10 Ways Parents Can Grow Their Child's Reading Skills

10 Ways Parents Can Grow Their Child's Reading Skills

One major and important skill that children need for a happy and healthy life is the ability to become a fluent reader.  Reading isn't a skill that develops naturally  – it is a learned ability.  Even though reading may not occur naturally, there are certain …
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Take a Bite Out of Evertaster:  A Brand New Book Series for Picky Eaters...I Mean Kids

Take a Bite Out of Evertaster: A Brand New Book Series for Picky Eaters...I Mean Kids

Are you looking for something yummy…to read?   A new novel by up-and-coming author Adam Glendon Sidwell will give you just that – a tasty treat for your imagination.  Evertaster is set to be released on June 14, 2012, so kids and adults alike have a reason to …
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Why Sitting Too Close To the Television Makes Your Eyes Go Square

Why Sitting Too Close To the Television Makes Your Eyes Go Square

One crucial tool for improving reading is good eye sight. Here is a guest post discussing how you can protect your own eye sight and your child's. Guest Post by Sara Parker “Don’t sit too close to the computer…your eyes will go square!” Did you hear this a lot …
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What Can Pizza Teach About Reading and Language Skills?

What Can Pizza Teach About Reading and Language Skills?

Ordering a pizza would probably be something I would have put on my “easy” list:  easy dinner option, easy kid-pleaser, easy to come by.  And then I visited Italy.  Don’t get me wrong, delicious pizza is extremely easy to find in Italy…if you …
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