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Don’t Miss Out – Free Summer Reading Program

In my last blog post, I promised to explain the details of a summer reading plan I’ve designed to keep kids reading. In my opinion, summer reading programs should be enjoyable and simple. Hopefully, this plan meets that criteria. Basically, … Continue reading

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Keep Kids Reading This Summer

Teachers around the world are presenting their last round of lessons and packing up classrooms that haven’t seen students in months. One of the strangest school years in history is ending and Summer is almost here. No doubt, most teachers … Continue reading

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Everyone Loves A Parade

Often parades are associated with the summer season. The approach of Memorial Day made me think about the small towns across the country that will be canceling their traditional parade. Recently, a talented author from my writing group published her … Continue reading

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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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