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...]

Reading Milestones: What Your Preschooler Should Know

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Preschoolers are busy learning and growing at an incredible pace every day. You’re probably noticing big changes in your little one’s speech—kids this age often have a deeper understanding of their world than we think. (And, of course, at other times they make hilarious mistakes with words and … [Read more...]

Starting Sound of the Day

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When you're out walking or driving with your child, why not use that time for a little phonemic fun? Pick a Starting Sound of the Day. For preschoolers and kindergartners, this can be a single letter, like the letter b. For first and second graders, this can be a consonant blend, like the letters … [Read more...]