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Going Against the Grain – Choosing Not to Read to Your Kids

Should Kids Should Not Be Read To?

Educators emphasize the need to read to kids. You will hear things like reading to a child improves a child’s vocabulary, improves the learning experience for a child and fosters the bond between a child and the reading parent. All true by the way. Read more…
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Text Talk: OMG! It’s time to think again!

Texting and Teens: Are They Losing Verbal Skills?

“2B oar knot 2B datz da ?” This famous sentence from Shakespeare’s Hamlet has been highlighted regularly as a line to distinguish between a love or hate for text talk. Read more…

Halloween Fake Fingers to Get Kids Reading

Reading Strategies: Halloween Fake Fingers as Word Pointers

Three Jewels in My Crown has such a great idea!  She uses those fake finger extensions that you can buy for Halloween costumes year round as word pointers while reading with her children!  Genius!  Plus you can also get double use if it’s part of a costume, maybe even yours! Read more…

How To: Get Reluctant Readers Who Can Decode Reading

When Good Readers Don’t Want to Read. Ever!

This is part 2 of a nice series from TWRCank.com — Resources for Teaching Online:  Think, Wonder, Reflect, Connect & Refine.  The entire article can be found by clicking here. Read more…

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Kids Caught in the Act … of READING!

Getting Kids Reading

Yikes, I am almost out of pics of kids caught in the act of reading!!! Please, please, please take pity on me and send more to pragmaticmom.com@gmail.com. Thank you! Read more…

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Best Phonics Workbooks and Reading Strategies

Best Phonics Workbooks to Help Your Child Read

There’s nothing like feeling like your child is falling behind to prompt a Pragmatic Mom to scramble for supplemental materials to catch her darling up.  Whether you feel your child is begging for phonics or that your child needs a little boost to be where they should be, these phonics materials really work and come recommended by three mom friends who were also teachers. Read more…

ReadBoston Family Fundraiser

Boston Literacy Fundraiser

The Commonwealth Hotel in Boston is holding their second annual Bedtime Stories Pajama Party on February 25th, to help raise money for ReadBoston, a nonprofit children’s literacy organization founded by Mayor Thomas Menino back in 1995. Read more…

Kids Find eReaders Appealing

Will kids read more if it’s on a digital reader?

Here’s what the Scholastic research found (via New York Times article by Julie Bosman):

  • About 25 percent of the children surveyed said they had already read a book on a digital device, including computers and e-readers. Read more…
Susan Sowers, invented spelling, beginning spellers, learning to read and write, literacy, Kindergarten, Pragmatic Mom, http://PragmaticMom.com

Invented Spelling Necessary for Learning to Read: Froshus Dobrmn Pensr

What is Invented Spelling and Why is it Important?

My son’s Kindergarten teacher distributes this ground breaking article by Susan Sowers, Harvard Graduate School of Education every year to the parents in her class.  I remember as a new parent of a Kindergartener that I thought invented spelling was both cute, funny, and strange.  I clearly did not ever remember learning to write using invented spelling myself and apparently my mom didn’t save those papers (and yet, everything else).  I also remember wondering if my child would ever learn to spell correctly and when that kicks in. Read more…