Author Archives: Rita K.

About Rita K.

Veteran educator and Certified Reading specialist, Freelance writer

Books to Give, Books to Share

Seems to me, Spring is almost as much a season of celebration as the winter holidays. ┬áRecently, I’ve come across a few remarkable books that are great to read with your elementary children, and would also make a thoughtful gifts … Continue reading

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Keeping a Positive Spirit Alive

As we say good-bye to the month of March, we also say good-bye to one of the exceptional voices in children’s literature today. Amy Krouse Rosenthal, pass away earlier this month at the age of 51. In her short life, … Continue reading

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PSSA: A Helpful Strategy

We’re just a few days shy of spring, although you couldn’t tell by the weather here in the northeast. Public school teachers and students are preparing for the dreaded PSSA test, which occurs in April. I’ve long been a believer … Continue reading

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Favorite Genres – Share the Love

Hey, Everyone. It’s February, the month that tantalizes us with thoughts of Spring, touches our heart with thoughts of love and reminds us to celebrate the rich history and many contributions of Black Americans. During my days in the classroom, … Continue reading

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Bring on the Questions

Questioning is an essential reading strategy. Studies show that when students learn to monitor their thinking and generate questions as they read, enhanced comprehension results. Creating questions as they read helps students to become active and thoughtful readers. Two Kinds … Continue reading

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Chunking Text: 3 Simple Steps

Out of the many valuable strategies we use to enhance reading comprehension, “Chunking the text” is my favorite one. Chunking text simply means you take it a little bit at a time. When I teach this strategy, I like to … Continue reading

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Previewing Informational Text

For most students, informational text (or non-fiction) can be more difficult to comprehend than fictional text. Familiarity with story structure and a clear sequence of events aids understanding of narratives. With its often unfamiliar topics, academic vocabulary, and weighty concepts, … Continue reading

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Previewing Fictional Text

A new week, a new month, a new year and a new series of posts on Nurturing Literacy. I think it’s important for parents to have a general understanding of the “best practices” used in Education today and be able … Continue reading

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Wishing You Blessings and Books

Christmas overtook my life several weeks ago and I haven’t had a minute to even send holiday greetings to the loyal readers of this blog. Hopefully, all of you are relaxing and enjoying the spirit of this holiday season. For … Continue reading

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Gifts of Fiction

As promised, today’s post will offer fictional gift suggestions. Let me say at the outset, that most of these books fit into the “classic” category. They are tried and true reads that have delighted readers for years. Check them out … Continue reading

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