Blog Category - Reading Activities


Top 5 Reading Help Blog Posts

Top 5 Reading Help Blog Posts

1) Inferring, Vocabulary and Struggling Readers Inferring, when applied to reading, allows us the same opportunity. We can use the author’s language or tone to infer additional meaning that might not be spelled out in the text. We can use a character’s personality traits …
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Top Ten Reading Apps for Children

Top Ten Reading Apps for Children

My little six-year-old grandson was playing on my iPhone the other day and asked me to download some new game applications - for the uninitiated - apps are smart phone, eReader and iPad applications. That's when I realized that I’ve been missing the boat. Although we …
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Nonsense Words Can Pinpoint Struggling Readers

Nonsense Words Can Pinpoint Struggling Readers

Many students appear to read fluently but are stumped when presented with a new word. True reading fluency refers to a student's speed, smoothness, and ease of oral reading. Fluent readers read more quickly and smoothly because they can automatically recognize and decode words. …
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5 Sneaky Ways to Get Reluctant Readers Excited About Reading

5 Sneaky Ways to Get Reluctant Readers Excited About Reading

By Guest Writer: Mia Wenjen, The Pragmatic Mom. Top 5: Best Out-of-the-Box Ideas to Get Reluctant Readers Engaged (by using electronic devices to reel them in) There are extensive and excellent posts on how to get reluctant readers to read with scores of great ideas including …
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The Importance of Supplementing Your Child's Education at Home

The Importance of Supplementing Your Child's Education at Home

A Linkedin posting by a teacher, Laura, bears passing along today. “I run reading groups in my center. Before President's Day, I asked a group of 3rd to 5th graders who George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were. While they knew GW was the 1st president, they had no …
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Reading or Spring Cleaning?

Reading or Spring Cleaning?

"Why Spring clean when you can read?" That’s what my grown up daughter said to me the other day. She does have a point. It seems like one of the things that I enjoy the most – reading... is the thing I get to do the least. That's why I decided to do some reprioritizing. …
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Eye Patterns, Reading Comprehension, and Focus

Eye Patterns, Reading Comprehension, and Focus

Most people learn to read at an early age and level off in their abilities around the 3rd through 6th grade. Somewhere along the way reading comprehension begins to suffer. Camille Rodriquez, homeschooling expert, talks about eye patterns and comprehension. She says that eye …
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Reluctant Reader? Try Memoirs.

Reluctant Reader? Try Memoirs.

"Am I in the story Nana?" That's what my grandchildren ask when they hear me talking about writing my life story. I can’t think of a better way to get a reluctant reader going than to share a memoir featuring them.   Memoirs, unlike autobiographies, aren't …
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Storytelling and Reading Comprehension

Storytelling and Reading Comprehension

The art of storytelling helps young children make connections in their own communities while increasing their emergent literacy skills. Storytelling allows children to organize and make sense of life experiences while making meaning and communicating with others (Anderson & …
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Raising A {Happy} Reader

Raising A {Happy} Reader

Sometimes we just can’t help it - when it comes to reading, we put a lot of pressure on our kids too early. All that racing, pushing, and prodding could be in vain - brain-development research shows that children aren't ready to learn the mechanics of reading until around age 5. …
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