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“The Hunger Games” Series Makes me LOVE my Literacy Skills!

I have finally found the cure to my longlasting Harry Potter withdrawals: The Hunger Games! I am obsessed. It’s the first time since I finished the last Harry Potter book 3 years ago that I have become so consumed with a book that I all I can think about is reading more. I spent all …
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Three Tips for Using our Reading Program

The following post was originally written for helping teachers use the Reading Horizons program in schools, but this can certainly be applied also by homeschoolers or those who are supplementing school work at home. By: Shantell Berrett, Reading Horizons Reading Specialist Along with …
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12 Teaching Reading Terms Every Parent Should Know

Reading is not a skill that comes naturally. Even highly skilled readers had to be taught at some point. If reading came naturally, like speaking, most children would arrive at school already reading at a reasonable skill level. Simply showing a child a book does not teach him to …
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Reading is Fundamental in Homeschool Curriculum

Homeschooling or educating at home is undoubtedly on the minds of many parents around the country at this time of year. Whether reluctant to send children to public schools for the first time or once again, these are tough decisions for many people. An article in the New Observer of North …
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Is Your Parenting Style Affecting Your Child’s School Performance?

Is Your Parenting Style Affecting Your Child’s School Performance?

What type of parent are you? Do you ever wonder how your parenting style is impacting your child/children? By looking at recent research from Professor Mark Cummings of the University of Notre Dame, you can see how your parenting style is impacting your child’s school performance …
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Free Webinar for Reading Teachers - PORTAL, Hallmark and Randy Feldman

Coming up this August 12th is a free webinar for reading teachers offered by Reading Horizons entitled "My Road to The Reading Room: an Examination of Today's Storytelling in Popular Entertainment" with Randy Feldman. Randy Feldman has been a Hollywood movie and television writer for …
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Take the Unplugged Challenge with Reading Activities

The August issue of the Family FunMagazine came today, and I liked Jennifer King Lindley's "The Great Unplugged Challenge". Looking at the statistics put out by the Kaiser Family foundation showing a child's daily media use averaging now a whopping 7 and 1/2 hours, she makes a great point: …
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4 Tips for Transferring Decoding Skills into Reading Fluency

4 Tips for Transferring Decoding Skills into Reading Fluency

We had a call this morning from a customer hoping to help her child increase her fluency using the Reading Horizons program. Discussing this concern with Shantell (our dyslexia specialist) brought up the need to stress transferring the decoding skills that students gain from the …
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Teaching Reading Resources

I recently learned about a new website, Readeo.com. Despite any amount of distance, children across the world can read a book together with their grandparents, (or parents, relatives, friends---whomever is away from them). It uses BookChat, an online program that allows two people to …
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Will Bribery Get My Child to Read?

Will Bribery Get My Child to Read?

Guest blog post from, The Genius in Children: A Blog by educator Rick Ackerly One day the mother of a third grader asked: “How do you feel about bribery?” “What’s the situation?” I replied. “My daughter is reading already. In fact she loves to …
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