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Caught in the Act … of READING!

I am loving all these great photos that readers have sent of their kids or grandkids reading this summer! Thank you so very much! If you want to contribute a photo to this series, please email pragmaticmomblog (at) gmail (dot) com. As an added incentive to keep the kiddos reading, I’ll send you a book! Thank you! Read more…

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Caught in the Act … of READING!

I’m so excited to continue this weekly post of kids caught in the act of reading! Thank you to everyone who has sent me photos! I am posting them in the order received. Read more…

kids caught in the act of reading this summer

Caught in the Act … of READING!

Thank you to everyone who sent me photos of their kids caught reading!! I’m so happy that kids are reading this summer!

I’ll be posting photos of kids caught in the act of reading on a weekly basis. If you send me a photo, I will mail you a book in return. Please email pragmaticmomblog (at) gmail (dot) com. Sorry, but I am only able to mail books to the U.S. and APO addresses due to the high cost of shipping.

Megan’s son is reading Baby Animals.

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kids caught in the act of reading

Caught in the Act … of READING!

Thank you to everyone who sent me a photo of their kids caught reading!! I can’t tell you how happy it makes me that your kids are reading and I’m thrilled that they will be excited to receive a book! I tried to match up ages based on what you sent me and I’m also grateful that you are helping me clean out my office! Read more…

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Caught in the Act … of READING returns!

I’m celebrating kids caught in the act of reading again this summer. As always, I will send you a children’s book for every photo you send me of your child caught reading. I hope this sparks a love of reading for kids!

You can email me at pragmaticmomblog (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Hi Lo books for boys

Writing Hi Lo Fiction and Books for Boys

Please welcome my guest blogger, Jim Westcott, an author who writes Hi Lo fiction books for boys.

 

My fifteen years as a Special Education Teacher influenced what I write and for what audience. I write these kinds of books for these two audiences:

  • Hi Interest-Low Vocabulary Books for struggling readers, especially books for boys between 8 and 12
  • High Interest Books for Boys that don’t struggle, but fall into what is known as the Reluctant category

I try my best to have a style that is fast and funny and contains some male-introspection. I should probably mention that my writing doesn’t contain much farting and burping. Read more…

summer reading ideas, what counts as reading

Summer Reading Ideas: What Counts as “Reading”

Please welcome my guest author today, Donna Lasinski of ThinkStretch Summer Learning Program. 

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What is Reading?

Summer reading is a time honored tradition for adults and children alike.  But what really counts as summer reading?  With my three boys, we can often haggle over what “counts” for their daily reading time.  So, with the benefit of insights from other parents, teachers and researchers, here is what my family has decided “counts”: Read more…

Mr Avila Miss Nelson is Back video

Mr. Avila’s Kindergarteners Act Out Miss Nelson is Back!

Last year, Mr. Avina’s kindergarte class from Los Angles United School District acted out Miss Nelson is Missing. It was adorable!

Do you know about the Miss Nelson picture book series? I had a copy but didn’t really read it until my babysitter, Kate, said that it was her favorite book of all time as a child. Read more…

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Reading and Imagining Writing Exercise For Kids

My guest blogger today is Jeffrey Pfaum, an inner-city schoolteacher, who is sharing his creative ideas for reading, writing, imaginning and drawing exercises.

 

Reading-and-Imagining Writing Exercise

You can develop the imagination with simple exercises, where the mind changes words into pictures. Ask your child to close her eyes and picture—or visualize—words in her mind. For example, have her read the word dog, and say:

  • “Picture the word ‘dog’ in your mind.”
  • “What are you looking at?”
  • What picture(s) do you imagine?”
  • “Describe the mind-picture(s).”
  • Draw or pencil-sketch what you imagine.”
  • “What thoughts, feelings, and experiences are triggered by the mind-picture(s)?”

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