Top 7 Things NOT to Stress About This School Year

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A new school year has begun—and while there are some of us parents who want to sing “Celebration,” others among us know the new year brings new worries. So, this year I made a list of things parents should refuse to stress about. You’re welcome. To PTA or Not to PTA? By now, you’ve probably … [Read more...]

Thank You, J.K. Rowling, for Helping My Child Love Reading

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When I was a kid, I hated writing thank-you notes. My grandmother made me write them. Now that I’m older, I appreciate her wisdom (and I make my kids write them, too.) So here’s a belated note: Thanks, J.K. Rowling--not for helping my son LEARN to read--but for helping him to learn to LOVE … [Read more...]

Best Books for 6-Year-Olds

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Your 6-year-old might already feel confident reading on her own—or she might still be putting the pieces together. No matter where she is on her reading journey, she will still greatly enjoy and learn from the time you spend reading to her. This list of Best Books for 6-Year-Olds is a fun way to … [Read more...]

What Is My Child’s Learning Style?

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Your young learner might already show a preference for learning in a specific way, or you might notice that certain approaches don’t seem to work. This quiz will give you some insight into your child’s learning style. Keep in mind that learning style preferences can change over time as your child … [Read more...]



5 Solid Reasons to Read to Your Toddler

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Imagine this: Dinner and bath time are finished. Teeth are brushed. Your 2-year-old—all warm and clean-smelling, in footie jammies—toddles over with her favorite book in her hand. You settle into a comfy rocker with your little one on your lap to read a bedtime story. You know how rewarding it can … [Read more...]

The Best Read-Aloud Books for Kids 4-7

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What was the last book you read that was so good you couldn't put it down? If you're anything like me, you stayed up until the wee hours just to finish the next chapter—and then walked around like a zombie the next day. You just couldn't wait to find out what happens next. It's no different for … [Read more...]

10 Dr. Seuss Quotes You Should Know

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Reading is one of the most calming activities you can do with your child. It can provide a welcome break from all the digital gadgets and gizmos of modern family life. Classic books from Dr. Seuss are sure to bring back fond memories. To prove this point, take a peek at the Top 10 Dr. Seuss Quotes … [Read more...]

7 Reading Skills to Help Your Child Become a Better Reader

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If you want your child to get a head start in school, here are the 7 reading skills all good readers need to have and how your child can develop them. Predicting Take a page out of the reality TV playbook and make your own cliffhangers during read-aloud time. During an especially exciting … [Read more...]

The Shapes of Letters

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Yesterday morning I was tickled to wake up and discover my 4-year-old making the alphabet out of pipe cleaners, and soon the whole family was in on the action. She was really into it, and even rejected her dad's Q for not being quite Q-like. Working with tactile materials to learn letter shapes … [Read more...]