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Books to read to, and discuss with, your Kids – Books Recommendations – 05/31/12

Posted on: Thursday, May 31st, 2012 in Book List, Book recommendations, Family Activities, parent involvement, Reading

This week’s blog talked about the importance of having conversations with your child.  The books we’re recommending this week are for younger kids so parents can read to their kids and then have a conversation about what the book is … read more »

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Help Your Child Learn to Read by Talking to Them

Posted on: Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 in Family Activities, Listening to kids, parent involvement, Reading, Reading is Fundamental, Reading tips for kids, RIF, talking to kids, Technology and kids

Some may think that talking to children can’t possibly be related to helping them learn to read, but this is one of the strategies that will help your child with reading comprehension. In previous posts, we have discussed the sometimes … read more »

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Mystery Book Series for Kids – Books Recommendations – 05/24/12

Posted on: Thursday, May 24th, 2012 in Book List, Book recommendations, Books, Mystery, parent involvement, Reading, Reading series for kids, Reluctant Readers

Continuing the theme of book series recommendations from last week, this week we’re recommending mystery book series.  As we said last week, if a child finds a book he or she really likes that part of a series it’s highly … read more »

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Three Fun Tips for Reluctant Readers

Posted on: Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 in Activity Book, Family Activities, Games, Joke, parent involvement, Reluctant Readers

Some kids are reluctant readers.  They just don’t want to read.  For parents who are avid readers, this is disappointing, and we try everything to get our kids to love it like we do.  A recent New York Times blog … read more »

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Book Series for Kids – Books Recommendations – 05/17/12

Posted on: Thursday, May 17th, 2012 in Dan Greenburg, Geronimo Stilton, Mo Williams, Reading is Fundamental, Reading series for kids, Reluctant Readers

Until now I’ve recommended individual books, usually based on my weekly blog.  This week’s recommendations don’t exactly fit with the “Reading is Fundamental” blog but certainly fit with the concept.  If a child finds a book he or she really … read more »

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Reading With Your Child is Fundamental

Posted on: Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 in parent involvement, Reading is Fundamental, Reading tips for kids, Reluctant Readers, RIF

The organization Reading is Fundamental receives federal funding to provide books to low income children. They  commissioned a study to determine if their efforts are having an impact on children and education. The study, Children’s Access to Print Material and … read more »

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Books by Maurice Sendak – Books Recommendations – 05/11/12

Posted on: Friday, May 11th, 2012 in Book List, Book recommendations, Maurice Sendak, Reading

Maurice Sendak, most widely known by children and parents alike, wrote for “Where the Wild Things Are” passed away this week.  An excellent article, published in New York Times , that reviews his life and work, as of this writing, … read more »

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Tips for Reluctant Readers and Their Parents

Posted on: Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 in James Patterson, parent involvement, Reading tips for kids, Reluctant Readers

We have spoken before about empowering reluctant readers by letting them have some control over what they read.  James Patterson has some additional tips in his article How to get your kid to be a fanatic reader on www.cnn.com.  He … read more »

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Gizmos and Gadgets for Kids of Today and Tomorrow – Book Selections – 05/04/12

Posted on: Friday, May 4th, 2012 in Activities for kids, Activity Book, Book List, Book recommendations, Family Activities, Making predictions

Like it or not, kids live in a world of technology.  Our book selections this week focus on that world today and what we might expect that world to look like tomorrow.  Some fun reads and food for thought for … read more »

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Parents, Kids and Gadgets

Posted on: Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 in Family Activities, Listening to kids, parent involvement, Technology and kids

We are believers in the good things technology can do for everyone in the realms of connectedness, information gathering and learning.  We also believe that some common sense rules could go a long way towards keeping technology from impinging on … read more »

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