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Reading Strategies for Kids Who Hate Reading

How to get Reluctant Readers to Like Reading

This great post is from Canadian blogger, Rebecca Writes. All my posts on Reluctant Readers are here. Read more…

5 Strategies to Motivate Your Struggling Reader

Strategies for Helping Struggling Readers to Read

This is from Imagine Learning who turned to Ann Lodgson, a school psychologist who specializes in helping parents and teachers help struggling students.   I especially like her idea of using your TV’s closed caption option; how easy yet brilliant is that?  I also noticed that even cartoons have decent vocabulary because I catch my 5-year-old using phrases or words that sound sophisticated.  Then I’d ask him how he knew the word or phrase and he’d name the cartoon.  Click here for entire article. Read more…

Your Life in Comics: 100 Things for Guys to Write and Draw, reluctant readers, make your own comic book, $10, http://PragmaticMom.com, PragmaticMom.com, PragmaticMom, Pragmatic Mom

Make Your Own Comic Book, $10

Create Your Own Comic Book

I thought this would make a great holiday or birthday gift for boys who show an interest in graphic novels and/or comic books.  It’s an especially good and sneaky way to draw in reluctant readers and get them reading, writing, and drawing. Read more…

Clementine, Sara Pennypacker, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom, best easy chapter book for kids ages 7-10, award winning best beginning chapter book

Clementine is the new Ramona

Move Over Ramona: Clementine is Here!

One of our favorite literary characters that my 8-year-old daughter and I agree upon is Clementine.  She’s a cross between Ramona (of Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary) and Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park.  What is magical about this excellent series is that it has all the charm of a Ramona book but with the level of difficulty of a Junie B. Jones book. And while  Clementine has some personality traits that are similar to Junie B. Jones, she  is more mature while  also possessing the vulnerability and spunkiness of Ramona.  In short, Clementine is THE PERFECT BEGINNING CHAPTER BOOK SERIES FOR KIDS, and by chapter book, I mean real chapters, not the Henry and Mudge kind. Read more…

New Standards in Education

New State Education Standards

Below are some key paragraphs about the new state standards.  Here is the link to The New York Times article.  Here is the link to the PDFs that spell out the new state standards.  This seems like a good thing but what are your thoughts? Read more…

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Setting Up Routines at Home

Routines for Reading at Home

School is starting and usually there is a month of adjustment for both teacher and children doing things like assessing each child in a variety of subjects, getting into the rhythm of classroom routines and behavior norms, finding out how each child learns best, making new friends, and reviewing academic material from last year. It’s not a time where new learning is emphasized (except if your child is lucky enough to “loop” with his or her same class from last year in which case it’s business as usual). Read more…