Reading

Look Out for These Signs Your Child Could Be Dyslexic

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability in reading. Dyslexic kids have trouble reading accurately and fluently. They may also have trouble with reading comprehension, spelling and writing. Raising a child with dyslexia is a journey. As you move through it, you’ll gain a lot of knowledge about your child’s challenges with reading—and about the many ways you can help her succeed at school and in life. If you’re concerned your child may be dyslexic, here…

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Halloween Books Kids are Guaranteed to Love

It’s almost Halloween, and it’s still possible to have some safe and spooky fun. Check out these Halloween books for kids and get in the spirit. 1. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson: The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch’s hat, then her bow, and then her wand! Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and…

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These Spooky Short Stories Will Get You Ready for Halloween

Happy October! We are now well into the month of my favorite holiday: Halloween. I’m hoping to get everyone into the holiday spirit with this list of spooky short stories. Please keep in mind that these stories are recommended for high school students and up, and are not appropriate for young kids. Please check out our blog about Halloween books coming out next week if you have little ones. Stay spooky and keep it creepy!…

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Books About Math for Students of All Ages

Books about math can spark curiosity and increase math engagement among kids of all ages. A growing library of children’s nonfiction tells true stories of mathematicians who explored and advanced our understanding of numbers and patterns in real life. Below is a list of children’s books about diverse people who played a big role in math history. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly High school students who enjoyed the 2016 blockbuster “Hidden Figures” can dive…

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Top 5 Books for Aspiring Writers

If you want to be a writer, chances are you’re also a voracious reader. Many writers have dedicated their time to writing books about writing books, and there is so much to learn from their advice. Here are my top 5 picks for books about writing.  On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft–Stephen King. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this volume is a revealing and practical…

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Learning with Dyslexia: Essential Tools You Need to Know About

Since the large bulk of schoolwork involves reading and writing, students who are learning with dyslexia often experience anxiety around schooling, especially when called on to read aloud or when they are expected to read or write large amounts of material. Many report feeling low self-esteem and believing that they are unintelligent or will never have the skills to succeed. Even when the proper diagnosis is handed down and intervention works, school life continues to…

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Does Your Child Hate Reading? Do This to Make Them Love It

For many families, reading is a pleasurable activity when kids are young, but then as kids get older, they start to hate reading. Parents are more aware than ever that strong reading skills are fundamental to academic success. Teachers also feel pressure to make sure students are reading on or above grade level, often with their evaluations and salaries hanging in the balance. On top of it all, kids may be quick to claim they…

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How Teachers are Using Harry Potter to Connect with Students

Whether you’re a Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, or muggle still hoping your Hogwarts letter will arrive by owl, it is undeniable that Harry Potter has had a lasting impact throughout the world. Quidditch is no longer just a game of fantasy. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is more than a textbook to pick up in Diagon Alley. Hogwarts is no longer a place you can only dream of visiting. Let’s take a look…

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Help Your Child Form These Habits to Build Literacy

It’s a new year and a new decade, and with the changing of the season comes the opportunity to put in place some new habits that can help your children build their literacy skills. Here are four practical ideas to help your family kick-off the new year. 1. Create a Nightly Reading Routine When it comes to nighttime, many families with younger children like to follow the “Triple B Routine:” bath, books, and bed. Right before…

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Reading in Math Class Strengthens Student Engagement

Every January, Nashville teacher Joel Bezaire reads The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time aloud to his students. Sounds pretty standard, right? It would be for an English class, but Bezaire is teaching reading in math class. The novel is part of a unit on number sense.  While it’s easy to envision using math picture books in elementary school classrooms, literature for older grades poses a bigger challenge. Can reading fit into the…

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