Author Archives: Rita K.

About Rita K.

Veteran educator and Certified Reading specialist, Freelance writer

Short Text for the Long Haul

Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. – Joseph Addison It seems discussions about supporting and motivating readers, especially youngsters that struggle or resist reading, often focus solely on books. Adults sometimes lose sight of the … Continue reading

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How to Help Your Child Hate Reading

Well-meaning parents and other adults sometimes inadvertently engage in behaviors that develop a negative attitude towards reading in children. As both a teacher and a mom, I’ve witnessed all of these behaviors, enough that I feel compelled to share them. … Continue reading

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Simplicity & Specificity to the Rescue

While reading an article about conferencing online with students, I was struck by the simplicity and specificity of the hints that the author recommended. It occurred to me, a focus on simplicity and being specific would probably be a helpful … Continue reading

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Food for Thought

Good food is a crowd pleasure in my family. We all enjoy gathering around the table for a nice meal, going out to eat or simply noshing on some goodies as we relax in front of the TV. I’m guessing … Continue reading

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Benefit of Book Series

Book series benefit all kids, especially teens and reluctant readers. As discussed in my previous post, finding the “magic” book often prompts a magic response. The right book can change someone’s perspective. I witnessed this several  times in my teaching … Continue reading

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Covid Crisis: Supporting Our Teens

Over the past week, I’ve heard so many people say the words, “This is getting long.” Folks that a month ago, (myself included), willingly hunkered down, made a list of activities to keep them busy, prove their grit, and stay … Continue reading

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Cultural Literacy & Mother Goose

  It’s common knowledge that May 1st is known as May Day. However, in the literary realm, National Mother Goose Day is celebrated on May 1st. In 1695, Charles Perrault published his collection of fairy tales, with an English version … Continue reading

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Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day

  By now you know that April is National Poetry Month, but do you know that today is Poem in Your Pocket Day? This special day to celebrate poetry was begun in April 2002 in New York City. In 2008, … Continue reading

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Share Some Magic-Write a Gift Poem

Apologies for being off my blogging schedule this week. A beloved relative is in serious condition and the past few days have been an emotional stew for my family and me. As we conclude National Poetry Month, poetry will be … Continue reading

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World Book Day and Beyond

I’m excited! While hunting for a topic that would be helpful to you during this time of sheltering-in-place, I discovered the World Book Day site. In the UK and Ireland, it is always celebrated in March, but in other countries, … Continue reading

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