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A Handy Guide to Short Vowel Sounds

Short vowel sounds are the most common vowel sounds in the English language. Thankfully, these sounds are fairly easy to spell. Let’s dive in!

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Giveaway – $100 Gift Certificate

$100 Gift Certificate Giveaway - All About Learning Press

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This month you can win a $100 Gift Certificate that can be used toward your purchase of All About Reading, All About Spelling, or any products on the All About Learning Press website.

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“Feed the Puppy” Alphabet Game

Learning the alphabet is an important first step on the road to reading. Our Feed the Puppy Alphabet Game helps kids practice the alphabet in a fun way. After all, who doesn’t love a cute puppy?

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Real Moms, Real Kids: Waiting for a Breakthrough

Real Moms, Real Kids: Waiting for a Breakthrough from All About Learning Press

Have you ever felt like your child just doesn’t “get it”? You push and you teach and you teach some more, but you’re just met with resistance. A wide range of things can cause resistance when you’re teaching reading and spelling.

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Picture Books about Presidents

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Did you know that President Taft was so big he needed to have a jumbo-sized bathtub installed in the White House? Or that George Washington’s first set of false teeth were made out of hippopotamus ivory? If your kids think history is boring, these books just might change their minds!

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Spelling Rules for Making Words Plural

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When making words plural, why do you add S to some words but ES to others? And when a word ends with Y, how do you know whether to change the Y to I before adding the plural suffix? And why on earth does the word knife become knives?

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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.

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How to Teach Open and Closed Syllables

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Closed and open syllables are the first two syllable types students should learn. Out of the six syllable types, these two are the easiest for students to master.

What Is a Closed Syllable?

In its simplest form, a closed syllable is a vowel followed by a consonant. Examples include cap, sit, and up.

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Snowman Picture Books

Picture Books about Winter - Picture Book Reviews from All About Reading

When winter comes and snow piles high in the yard, there’s nothing better to do than build a snowman! This collection of sweet picture books will inspire you to create some wintertime magic with your children.

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16 Ways to Make Practice Sheets Fun

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Practice Sheets are a key part of the All About Reading program, and for good reason: they help kids develop fluency, which is the ability to read smoothly, accurately, and with expression. In fact, many of you call them “fluency sheets” because they are so helpful in guiding students toward fluency.

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The “Pronounce for Spelling” Technique

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A great technique for preventing spelling errors is called “Pronounce for Spelling.”

When you pronounce for spelling, you exaggerate the pronunciation of a word to make it easier to spell. For example, in casual speech we often pronounce the word different as difrent, leaving out the second syllable. When we pronounce for spelling, we carefully enunciate each syllable (dif-fer-ent), making it much easier to spell. Continue reading…

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Motivating Young Readers with Graphic Novels

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Sometimes all it takes to spark a reluctant reader’s interest in books is finding the perfect genre. Loaded with illustrations and short text blurbs, graphic novels might be just what you need to open up a whole new world of reading for your child.

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