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The Mysterious Benedict Society Chapter Books

The Mysterious Benedict Society - Chapter Book Reviews from All About Reading

If you’re looking for a series that packs an adventurous punch and appeals to both boys and girls, check out the bestselling series The Mysterious Benedict Society by award-winning author Trenton Lee Stewart.

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Phonogram Jungle Bingo – A Fun Review Activity

Toucan in a tree

Practicing phonograms is a lot more fun when you have jungle-themed Bingo boards! Help your child review (and master!) phonograms with the help of monkeys, lions, and other exotic inhabitants. But be careful–it’s a jungle out there!

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X Is for Xylophone Craft

child places piece on her lowercase x craft

Even the most x-acting child will be super x-cited to see this x-traordinary ABC Craft! All wordplay aside, there’s lots to love about a lowercase X craft that stars such an ever-popular musical instrument!

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How to Avoid the Big Pit of Comparison

Avoiding the Big Pit - All About Learning Press

I’m worried my child isn’t making enough progress.

Most homeschool parents feel this way at one time or another. We regularly hear from parents who express concern about the progress their child has made—or not made—in reading and spelling.

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How to Do Spelling Dictation

boy writing in a notebook

What Is Spelling Dictation?

Dictation is a great tool for teaching spelling because it allows children to use their spelling skills in a “real world” application. Simply put, you say a phrase or sentence containing their spelling words, and students repeat it and write it down.

Because it is such a beneficial tool, spelling dictation is included in every lesson of All About Spelling.

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Pirate Picture Books

kids playing in a cardboard pirate ship

In honor of pirate lovers everywhere, our own pirate crew took to the high seas to hunt down the very best pirate picture books they could lay their hands on. Lots of children’s books had to walk the plank in the process, but we found the best of the best. No shark chum fer ya here, me hearties!

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Giveaway – All About Spelling Level of Choice

All About Spelling Giveaway from All About Learning Press

Enter to Win!

This month you can enter to win the All About Spelling level of your choice, which includes a Teacher’s Manual and Student Packet! If you haven’t used AAS before, we’ll also include a Basic Spelling Interactive Kit to make sure you’ve got everything you need to succeed!

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Fun with Portmanteaus

a purple moped - fun with portmanteaus

Have you ever been hangry, used a spork, or ridden a moped?

Read on to discover more about portmanteaus and how to introduce these fun words to kids. And be sure to check out the fun printable game at the end of this post!

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4 Great Ways to Build Listening Comprehension

What Is Listening Comprehension?

Listening comprehension is the precursor to reading comprehension, so it’s an important skill to develop. Listening comprehension isn’t just hearing what is said—it is the ability to understand the words and relate to them in some way.

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How to Motivate Your Child to Read

boy sitting in bed reading books

Quick poll: Which category is your child in?

  1. LOVES to read!
  2. Could take it or leave it.
  3. Really dislikes reading.

Our goal—and I’m guessing it’s your goal too—is to get your child into the first category.

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How to Avoid the “Curse of Knowledge” as You Teach

a scientist suffering from the curse of knowledge

Have you ever noticed that when you know a lot about a subject, it can actually be harder to teach someone else about it?

This is a common problem, and it’s called the curse of knowledge. The curse refers to the idea that the more you know about a subject, the harder it can be to transfer that knowledge to someone who has limited knowledge of the subject.1

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The Floss Rule for Spelling

a tooth looking at words with double consonants f, l, and s

Have you ever wondered why some words have a double consonant at the end (such as sniff), while other words do not (such as dog and bat)?

The answer is easy–and we call it The Floss Rule. It’s a really simple spelling rule that helps kids remember when to use a double consonant at the end of a word.

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