Every Mom is a Superwoman

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Do you remember when you learned to read? I've been thinking about this a lot as we approach this Mother's Day. I was with family recently, and we were all talking about what, if any, memories we each had of our first days of reading. Few of us had any memory of the actual learning process. My … [Read more...]

Celebrate Read Across America Day: Printable ‘Tips for Raising a Reader’

Celebrate Read Across America Day

Celebrate Read Across America Day with Tips for Raising a Reader This is a big week for literacy! We celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday AND Read Across America Day on Wednesday March 2nd. The National Education Association declared March 2nd the first annual Read Across America day in 1998, and it has … [Read more...]

The Adorable Stages of Learning to Read

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This. Video. Cracks. Me. Up. Do you remember learning to read? For most of us, it comes after many years of exposure to books and being read to by our parents. When my kids were really little, I couldn't get enough of the deep belly-laughs that would erupt from them when I read the punchline of … [Read more...]

Emotional Rewards of Reading to Your Child: 5 Years Old

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As your 5-year-old is most likely thinking about starting school, reading can be an emotionally rewarding way to reconnect for both parent and child: As your child starts school, she will be exposed to reading in a more academic way. But keeping it personal and fun at home is important. In … [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...]

Iowa Brothers Star on the Field and In the Classroom

When you give your child the Hooked on Phonics advantage, there's no telling what that spark of confidence and academic head start will mean to his future. Just look at what happened to Nate and Jeremy Snead of Pella, Iowa. When their father started using Hooked on Phonics with his two boys, … [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...]

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...]