Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights…and Books!


No kid's holiday season is complete without a book to supplement the celebrations. Here's a starter list of Hanukkah books to bring some extra reading and fun to this month's Festival of Lights. The Chanukkah Guest by Eric A. Kimmel This book is a personal favorite. It tells the silly story of … [Read more...]

Do You Like Green Eggs and Ham? Recipe


It's a proven fact: Whether or not you have ever tasted green eggs and ham, everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) loves Dr. Seuss's rollicking rhyme of culinary conquests . . . Green Eggs and Ham. Like Sam-I-Am you, too, can whip up a batch of this tasty dish with our kid-friendly recipe for Ham and Eggs. … [Read more...]

Read Across America Day Is March 2nd


The National Education Association's Read Across America Day is an annual reading program established to encourage children to celebrate reading on March 2nd, the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss. For more information, go to the NEA's website, www.nea.org/grants/13003.htm, and check back here … [Read more...]

Barnyard Fun!


One way children learn vocabulary is when they are explicitly taught new words and their meaning. Review vocabulary words with your child that he doesn't yet know. Ask him questions such as "Do you know what gallop means? It means to run fast." Activity: This activity will not only help your … [Read more...]

Post Holiday Book Poll


The holidays are a time for family, fun, and hopefully a little relaxation. Over the holidays, how many books did you read with your children? Take our poll and let us know! Poll: How many books did you read to your children over the holidays? 0 books (Too busy caroling with the neighbors!) 0 … [Read more...]

Helping Your Child Blend Sounds to Read Words

What is blending? In phonics, blending is the ability to recognize sounds and manipulate them in order to read words. To blend, children must first say each sound and then blend them together. For example, if you say each of these sounds, /c/ /a/ /t/, and blend them together, you get the word … [Read more...]

Learning to Print

How many of us remember learning to print? As an adult, it's really second-nature, isn't it? It's hard to think back and remember trying to get the order of the lines right and just the right proportions of the letters. It's in Pre-K and Kindergarten where children usually get their first … [Read more...]