Common Core and Reading Assignments—What Are We Missing Here?

What a concept! Some teachers assign books to their students that they can actually read instead of assigning them to read books that are far above their reading ability! Is this surprising? Is it a bad thing? Are policy-makers suggesting that students should be assigned to read books at an instructional level that they cannot … Continue reading Common Core and Reading Assignments—What Are We Missing Here?

What to Do When It Snows?

Read!!! Read books about snow!  Here is a list of books about snow with something for everyone.  Make a snowman, and then make some hot cocoa and share a picture book or read a story aloud together. Some books in the list are for beginning readers and some are for strong readers. Older children who … Continue reading What to Do When It Snows?

Should You Continue to Read Aloud to School Age Children?

School age children like to listen to more complex stories that are above their actual reading level. Reading books that are above your children’s reading level will help to increase their vocabulary. Even though they can read for themselves, older children enjoy having longer stories read aloud to them.  If they read well, they may … Continue reading Should You Continue to Read Aloud to School Age Children?

Top 10 Favorite Books to Read Aloud To Your Preschoolers

The stories we read in books impact our lives in many ways.  They help develop imagination and inspire creative thinking. Our children loved Go, Dog, Go! so much that we quoted lines from it when we were in traffic. One of my children can still recite most of The Cat in the Hat from memory.  And … Continue reading Top 10 Favorite Books to Read Aloud To Your Preschoolers

Top 10 Board Books for Toddlers

Babies and young toddlers enjoy books, but the pages are easily torn. Fortunately, there are many wonderful “sturdy” board books with thick cardboard pages that are easy for little fingers to turn without tearing them. Young children have a short attention span, so when you read to them—or talk to them about the pictures—they may not … Continue reading Top 10 Board Books for Toddlers

Featured Book—Creature Count: A Prehistoric Rhyme

Children are often fascinated by dinosaurs and love to read books about them.  My friend, Brenda Huante, has written an imaginative book that your children will love.  This book is beautifully written and illustrated.  If your children enjoy wonderful stories, this is a great read-aloud that will be well-loved and it is a book that … Continue reading Featured Book—Creature Count: A Prehistoric Rhyme

Getting Ready to Read – Five Great Pre-School Activities

1.  Give board books to your baby.  Talk about the pictures.  Read simple rhyming stories aloud (helps develop phonemic awareness). 2.  Get a library card. Read books to your toddler every day. Talk about the story (increases vocabulary).  Some favorites: Are You My Mother? The King, the Mice, and the Cheese Go, Dog, Go The … Continue reading Getting Ready to Read – Five Great Pre-School Activities