Oh the Places You’ll Go DIY Keepsake

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A while back we posted a sweet idea on Facebook, incorporating one of our absolute favorite Dr. Seuss titles, Oh the Places You'll Go. A super-sweet dad had the adorable idea to use this book as a sort of yearbook for collecting notes from his daughter's teachers throughout the years, and presented … [Read more...]

Reading Milestones: What to Expect at Different Ages

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While every child is unique and develops at his or her own pace, there are specific reading milestones that can be helpful for parents to keep in mind as their child grows. And if you have a baby, you're not off the hook. A strong foundation of speech and language development in the early years can … [Read more...]

Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

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There is no single list of things your child should be able to do before entering kindergarten. And as long as your child meets the age and residency requirements, American public schools must accept your enrollment. Most children will not have already mastered every item in this quiz before … [Read more...]



Learn to Read First Grade Lesson 1 Visual Phonics Video

Learn to Read First Grade Lesson 1 Visual Phonics Video

For more info: http://www.tryhookedonphonics.comThis video is part of the Hooked on Phonics® Learn to Read First Grade and is designed for children ages 6 to 7. This video uses Visual Phonics to teach -ch and -sh sounds. … [Read more...]

5 Books for Back to School

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Ah, the transition back to school-is there anything quite like that mix of fun and fear? For any child who may be feeling some school trepidation, give one of these books a try. Superhero School by Aaron Reynolds. Leonard has heat vision and can hit a baseball into orbit. Where does such a kid … [Read more...]

School Year’s Resolutions

When my nephew came home from his first day of kindergarten, his mother was excited to hear about his day. In the most dejected voice, Zach said, "It was awful. They didn't even teach us how to read." I don't remember much about my first day of kindergarten, but I do remember carrying my orange … [Read more...]

Get Ready for Kindergarten Month

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Did you know that August is Get Ready for Kindergarten Month? Here are a couple easy things that you can have your child do to get ready for the big transition: Practice writing her name. One fun way to do this is to send postcards to loved ones, and have her "sign" the bottom. Practice … [Read more...]

This Blog Is Broken

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I'm happy to introduce guest blogger Jonathan Maier, author of two Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read: Second Grade books, My Giant Bunny and the incredible This Book Is Broken. Thinking too much about This Book Is Broken is a bit like thinking too much about time travel.  do it for too long and it … [Read more...]

A Book in Verse: Shoes in the Night

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As we started redesigning Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read, one thing we wanted to do was present new reading challenges for kids as they progress through the system. In addition to introducing more complex sentence structure and longer paragraphs, we had a few other, more playful ideas. One was to … [Read more...]