Author Archives: Rita K.

About Rita K.

Veteran educator and Certified Reading specialist, Freelance writer

Thanksgiving & Literacy, the perfect holiday pair

Enjoy this poem meant to honor famly literacy month and try some of my suggestions for sharing literacy with your family. You’ve read together or played a game.                         … Continue reading

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This Book Again? Four Ways Early Readers Benefit from Repeated Readings

If you have an early reader, you are noticing by now that your child hauls home the same books day after day, week after week. What’s with that? You’re probably wondering how rereading the same book will help your child … Continue reading

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3 Essential Tips for Early Readers

       I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me. If you remember, I stopped blogging because I broke my wrist. Truth be told, the wrist has been healed for several weeks now, but somehow writer’s … Continue reading

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Be Back Soon – I Hope

No blogging goimg on right now, friends, because I fell and hurt my wrist and wound up in a soft cast. Since it’s my right hand, it takes forever to type. I’ll be back blogging asap. Keep those kids reading–September … Continue reading

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Tilling the Soil of Background Knowledge

   Today, it occurred to me that I probably should have provided more information about the relationship between background knowledge and reading before sharing the blog post about “match-up books”. Sorry for putting the cart before the horse. This post … Continue reading

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Match-up Books

   Number the Stars by Lois Lowry is one of my favorite books. Not only is it an intriguing story, but it offers a wonderful opportunity to develop students’ background knowledge about World War II. Kids as young as fifth … Continue reading

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Book Series for Grades Four to Eight

Computers are great…when they work. A glitch in my WordPress  account  prevented me from posting last week. So today, take a look at some terrific book series that appeal to kids in the intermediate grades. Remember that there are two … Continue reading

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Book Series for Kindergarten & Primary Grade Students

    On Monday, I took one of my granddaughters for a birthday shopping spree. The deal was that half of the allotted money would be spent on books and the other half on toys. Shannon, my granddaughter is entering first … Continue reading

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Lure into Literature with Book Series

        In third grade, I met a new friend–a friend who would change my life! Her name was Nancy Drew. From the  time I opened the first book in this series, I was swept up into Nancy’s world … Continue reading

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A Look Ahead…

  I’m guessing that most of you can remember at least one favorite series of books that stole your heart. The right book series can spark the most reluctant reader. Monday’s post will explore the popularity and positive impact of … Continue reading

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