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How to Teach Homophones

a small deer with big eyes in a field

It’s a common scenario; people everywhere do it—maybe even you or your child.

You’re writing a note and are about to write the word peak. But wait! Your pencil poises midair: is it sneak peak? Or is it sneak peek? Now consider stationary and stationery; they are both pronounced the same, but which one means writing paper?

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10 Solutions for Kids Who Read Too Fast

Help! My Child Reads Too Fast - a blog post from All About Reading

It can be challenging for young readers to read at the right pace. Some kids read too slowly, while others read too fast.

Reading too fast may seem like a somewhat unlikely problem. Having a child who reads too slowly can throw up obvious red flags, but parents and teachers aren’t always as concerned when a child reads too quickly.

There are some definite problems with reading too fast, though.

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How to Handle Spelling Mistakes

Here’s a fact: Your child is going to make an occasional spelling mistake.

The question is: How will you handle these mistakes?

Now is the perfect time to think through the answer to this question—because the way you handle errors can make a huge difference in your child’s ability and confidence. So let’s dig in!

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Giveaway – Signed Copies of The Green Ember Series

Have You Heard of The Green Ember?

The Green Ember is a middle-grade fantasy series filled with intense battles, selfless acts of bravery, and a bold quest for truth. If you think your family would enjoy reading about an adventurous pair of sword-wielding rabbits as they take on an army of villainous wolves and birds, you don’t want to miss this month’s giveaway! (Click to read our full review of The Green Ember series!)

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The Green Ember Chapter Books

Sword-wielding rabbits fight enemies in The Green Ember

Q: What happens when you combine the style of classic fantasy series like The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings with a group of adventuresome sword-bearing rabbits?

A: You get The Green Ember series by S. D. Smith, of course!

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Teaching Reading and Spelling to Multiple Kids

Two boys playing a reading game together

“I have three kids in three different levels. Will your program work for me?”

It’s a question that our customer service reps have heard many times before. Because All About Reading and All About Spelling are programs that require active instruction, some parents assume that if they have more than one child, these programs won’t work for them.

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Helping Kids Sound Out Words

Helping Kids Sound Out Words - ideas and solutions

When you read, you probably don’t spend much time decoding the individual words. You just read, and as you get to each word, you instantly recognize it. But beginning readers don’t have that kind of instant recall, so it is important to teach them how to sound out words.

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When Two Vowels Go Walking

Vowels A and I walking on a bridge

Catchy rhymes can be a fun and easy way to remember some of those pesky phonics rules. Have you heard this one?

When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.

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The Moffats Chapter Books

The Moffats Chapter Book Series Review from All About Reading

Eleanor Estes once said that, as a writer, she hoped to reflect “the true image of childhood.” And she did just that in the nearly twenty books she authored over a period of forty-six years, including the much-loved series about the charming Moffat family.

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A Handy Guide to Long Vowel Sounds

Ostrich holding a sign with long vowel sounds

When you teach reading and spelling, it’s a good idea to have a general overview of long vowel sounds. Let’s dive in!

A long vowel is a vowel that is pronounced the same as its name. For example, the word emu starts with the long E sound.

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Picture Books that Celebrate Differences

Picture Books about Differences - picture book reviews from All About Reading

We’re all different, but encouraging children to embrace their differences and the differences of others isn’t always easy. Picture books can help!

Here are some of my favorite picture books that celebrate differences.

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7 Ways to Make Spelling Logical

7 Ways to Make Spelling Logical - from All About Spelling

“English spelling is crazy!”

I hear that a lot. Perhaps you’ve even uttered that phrase yourself!

Indeed, English spelling can seem ridiculous at times. With a nod to George Bernard Shaw (who jokingly claimed that fish could be spelled ghoti), I’d like to present the following crazy spelling for the word farmer:

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