Category Archives: Motivation

M-A-G-I-C Books Turn Kids into Readers

  Tale of a Magic Book I’ll never forget the first time I saw the magic at work. It was well into October and one of my students had yet to finish a book. It was like he was allergic … 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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Trick and Treat

In Eastern Pennsylvania, it’s clear that Mother Nature knows its October. There’s been a definite dip in the temperature, the strong sun of September has pulled a disappearing act, and trees are looking sparser by the day. Of course, October … Continue reading

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Six Tips for Finding a Just-Right Book

  During the first weeks of school, teachers spend lots of time discussing the importance of independent reading and implementing programs and procedures that will encourage kids to read on their own. It’s important that youngsters know how to find … Continue reading

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Turn Wasted Time into Reading Time

Sometime this week or next, lazy summer days will give way to school days and your family life will once again be dictated by school schedules, sports schedules, meetings, homework and a million other things. The start up can be … Continue reading

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