Books That Kids Ages 10+ Will Love to Read

Even Older kids Should Enjoy Reading!

In a previous post, I talked about the importance of giving the younger children a firm foundation in reading. Reading is pretty much at the heart of everything we do in life.  I also shared with you some of my favorite children’s books.  I chose these books based on almost 32  years of teaching experience, and the books I have seen kids read over and over again!

Reading is Important for Kids of All Ages
Reading is at the heart of everything we do in life.

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Things Children Should Know Before Kindergarten

So…Your Child is Getting Ready to go into Kindergarten?!

Kindergarten Is Exciting!
Kindergarten is an exciting time!

What an exciting time!  If you’re reading this right now, I assume that you either have a child who is getting ready to enter kindergarten, or who may already be a kindergarten student. This is an exciting and crucial time for them!  As a former kindergarten teacher, I would like to share my thoughts with you on some things children should know before Kindergarten. Continue reading “Things Children Should Know Before Kindergarten”

How to Help a Struggling Reader

How to Help Your Struggling Reader

One frequently asked question I tend to have by clients and friends with children is, “How do I help a struggling reader?”  Or better yet, “How do I help my struggling reader succeed at home?”  This seems to be the central question on the minds of those who have children or grandchildren who are trying to “survive” in the classroom, as well as during homework time.

Frustrated Reader
Trying to survive during homework time.

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Tablets and Children Make a Fun Combination

Can I Have a Tablet For My Birthday… Please?

Whenever I hear these words, it makes me smile, mostly because I know that tablets and children make for a fun combination!

Tablet
Child Reading on a Tablet

Actually, I think the saying goes more like this…”If I don’t get a tablet for my birthday, can I have one if I take out the trash for a whole week, clean my room, and turn my homework in on time?!”  Can you tell that I’ve had Continue reading “Tablets and Children Make a Fun Combination”

How to Teach Phonics the Easy Way

How to Make Learning to Read Easier [What’s the Secret?]

If you’re struggling to help your child learn to read, you’re not alone.  Learning to read is pretty much the basis of everything else we learn to do, and for many kids, it’s extremely challenging.  I would like to share reasons for why I am a firm believer in using phonics to teach children to read, and also give you some ideas for how to teach phonics the easy way!  So…what’s the secret?  I’ll share this a little later in this post:)

I have worked with so many parents and caregivers of children who are very skeptical when it comes to phonics. I respect this, as every person has his/her own opinion. Continue reading “How to Teach Phonics the Easy Way”