Reading in a Winter Wonderland

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Who doesn't love a good snow day? Okay, maybe being trapped inside with a pack of restless kids isn't exactly a spa day, but being snowed in is a perfect time to get the family together and read! After a long day of ice skating and snowball fights, your kids will love to snuggle up on the couch … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Traditions: What Will You Read?

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As we approach Thanksgiving and the holiday season, it has me thinking about traditions. I spend the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving thinking about my favorite holiday activity: what book I'm going to read. My little tradition Since I am not the host for my family Thanksgiving (or perhaps not … [Read more...]

4 Simple Ways to Help Your Child Learn to Read with the *Updated* Hooked on Phonics App

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Helping your child learn to read is one of the most exciting parts of being a parent. It can also be one of the most stressful. Reading is a skill that opens the doors of opportunity for kids. But how can we make sure they're on the right track if we're not teachers ourselves? No matter the age or … [Read more...]

Babies Go Gaga for Baby Einstein’s 20th Anniversary!

Celebrate Baby Einstein's 20th anniversary!

As a parent, you've likely felt that feeling by now. That, "I turned around and my baby grew up faster than I ever imagined" feeling. We're having that feeling on a broad scale this year, as we celebrate our friendship with the amazing Baby Einstein brand as they celebrate their 20th Anniversary. … [Read more...]

Win Big with our Hooked on Phonics Sweepstakes!

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We're so excited to be able to bring you a super Hooked on Phonics sweepstakes this summer, with one GRAND PRIZE Winner and five RUNNERS UP being announced just in time to go back to school with a new iPad Air and/or a Lifetime Subscription to the Hooked on Phonics Digital Edition! We'd … [Read more...]

Summer Literacy Strategy #1

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It's officially summer, a time of year filled with fun, sun and relaxation, but also the challenge of keeping your child's mind sharp and his or her path to learning engaged through the summer months. We solicited advice on the topic from some trusted resources, recently. It was thrilling to hear … [Read more...]

Essential Reading Activities to Build Skills ( 2 of 4 | Phonics)

Essential Reading Activities to Build Skills (Phonics Activities)

As we mentioned in Monday's post, the National Reading Panel (NRP) identified five areas of reading instruction that must be addressed when teaching children to read. Monday's post was on Phonemic Awareness, the ability to notice, understand, and work with the sounds in words. This post will address … [Read more...]

Essential Reading Activities to Build Skills ( 1 of 4 | Phonemic Awareness)

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We at Hooked on Phonics hear from many parents about their children's struggles with learning to read. Difficulties with reading can have a negative long-term effect on a children's self-esteem, their desire to learn and succeed in school, and ultimately their success in life. Although there are no … [Read more...]

May Is Get Caught Reading Month

May is Get Caught Reading Month

Did you know, May happens to be Get Caught Reading Month? Get Caught Reading is a campaign sponsored by The Association of American Publishers (AAP) to promote literacy nationwide, with a special focus on children's literacy: Because of research indicating that early language experience actually … [Read more...]

5 Best Board Games That Are Anything But Boring

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Board games are a great way to explore and reinforce reading skills. And although Scrabble and Boggle are wonderful word games for ages 8 and up, Scrabble Junior and Boggle Junior are less-than-stellar alternatives for the budding readers in our lives. Thankfully, there are plenty of alternative, … [Read more...]

What is your child’s biggest struggle at school?

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If your child struggles a bit in certain areas, he or she is not alone! Most children are challenged by one or more aspects of academic life at one point or another. For some, it's learning to read, especially in first grade when the expectations increase for performance. Some will have a hard time … [Read more...]



Eggs-ellent Easter Ideas

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Easter is coming and I have been salivating over all the candy aisles every time I walk into a store. But this year, it's easy to make reading just as fun and important in your family's Easter festivities as Peeps and jelly beans. Here are some ways to help make your Easter a little more … [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...]

Elmo’s Birthday Printables

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Today's the day to celebrate with Elmo! His 3 1/2 year birthday happens every year on February 3rd, and is the perfect occasion for coloring pages and activities! Just click on a picture to download the Elmo's birthday printables below. … [Read more...]

How to Judge a Just Right Book for Your Child

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As easy as it is to buy a book based on the recommended ages listed on it, sometimes it may not be the most appropriate—not a just right book for your child. Your little one may struggle with the text, or maybe he or she will find the content a bit too challenging to grasp. To help you, we have … [Read more...]