First grade reading

Best Children’s Books of Summer 2017

September is upon us and the children have gone back to school, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to enjoy some of the best books of the summer! Check out these great children’s books released in summer 2017.  Goldfish Ghost by Lemony Snicket, illus. by Lisa Brown. In a quiet bedroom bowl, Goldfish Ghost came to be—just floating belly up above the water. As much as he liked his home, he longed for friends…

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Books for English Language Learning Students

It’s hard enough to be a kid these days, but English language learning students get an extra level of challenge. Research shows that reading comprehension in English Language Learners gets a boost when students have access to culturally relevant books, however. Candis Grover, director of literacy and Spanish development at educational website ReadyRosie, says, “Story is both individual and collective. Students need more than just a few scattered stories; we need to give them a large…

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5 Timeless Book Series for Children

As an avid reader, it has always been an easy task for me to find books that appeal to me, even as a child. From Fantasy to Biographies, as long as it had a beginning, middle, and end, I was hooked. For some children however, finding a book that is engaging and entertaining can be a challenge, especially since books now compete with flashy cartoons and iPhones. In order to help your child find a…

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Tips for Building Reading Skills

Those who love reading can attest to the fact that it is one of the greatest experiences a person can have and that it opens up a world of possibilities. However, for some children, reading can be a difficult and tedious task so we have gathered some tips for building reading skills. Read below to find out more! Encourage annotations When students make annotations or take notes on what they are reading, they process more…

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Music and Memory

In today’s day and age, parents have all the information the Internet can hold at their fingertips when it comes to what can help their children. Music is heralded as one of the best methods of stimulating development, but how does it work? For starters, music positively affects all areas of child development, helping them develop intellectually, socially, and emotionally. Music can also improve motor, language, and literacy skills in young children, as it teaches…

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Technology in the Classroom

Technology is becoming in demand for the 21st century. Technology in the classroom has helped students engage and adapt with a variety of devices. Devices such as computers, Smartboards, webcams, and projectors help build stronger and longer lasting engagement inside the classroom. These devices are being used to increase class interaction and discussion. Smartboards have helped students increase student-to-student interaction and has given them the chance to participate in a more  willing and excited way.…

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Need Help Teaching Your Child to Read?

Need help teaching your child to read? In my work teaching pre-K, kindergarten, and first grade, I come across so many parents who report that reading with their child is a nightly battle. Every parent wants to know how they can support their child and make learning to read fun. I am excited to announce that I will now be offering a tutoring service in which I demonstrate the process of teaching your child to…

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Boston Partners in Education

Boston Tutoring Services: Tell me a little about your organization. Pamela Civins: Boston Partners in Education (Boston Partners) has been contributing to the academic achievement of Boston’s public schools students since 1966. We mobilize volunteer academic mentors to assist struggling K-12 students in reading, writing, and math.  In high school, our volunteers also support students struggling in science.  Academic mentors help students gain the skills, self-confidence, and motivation they need to succeed in school and…

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Early Literacy Skills and Sight Word Recognition

One of the best ways to improve early literacy skills is to allow children to make connections across a variety of texts. When a child reads the word ‘you’ in one book, but can’t remember the word when they come across it again, have the first book available to show to the child and let them know that they were able to read the word in that context. They will be able to retrieve the…

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Let Your Early Reader Acquire New Skills One at a Time

When early readers begin to take on new literacy skills, it is important to remember that they need to assimilate a new rule into their repertoire before they can learn the variations on this rule. For example, when teaching young children that adding an ‘e’ to the end of a word turns a short vowel sound (a as in apple) into a long vowel sound (a as in cake), let them fully accomplish the use…

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