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A Treasure Trove of Pirate Activities for Reading and Spelling

2 pirates ready for pirate activities

Shiver me timbers, we love playing pirates! Just look at these scallywags playing hooky from our office in the middle of the day…and on a pirate ship no less! International “Talk Like a Pirate Day” must be right around the corner!

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Using Pickles to Penguins! to Build Language Skills

Pickles to Penguins! game pieces

How Are a Beach Ball and a Dandelion Connected?

Check it out! We’ve got a hilarious card game you can play with your kids—and strengthen their language skills at the same time. Pickles to Penguins! is sure to become a new family favorite.

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5 Ways to Teach Rhyming

Teaching Rhyming to Preschoolers - All About Reading

Did you know that rhyming is one of the best predictors of how easily a child will learn to read? That’s because good rhymers are better equipped to notice that rhyming words often have shared letter sequences, such as all in tall, ball, and small, which in turn gives them a considerable head start in learning to read.

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The Orton-Gillingham Approach to Reading and Spelling

cute owl teaching orton-gillingham approach

When I developed All About Reading and All About Spelling, I combined the key features of the Orton-Gillingham approach with the latest research and proven spelling rules. But why? What’s so special about Orton-Gillingham?

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Picture Books about Bravery

The Best Picture Books about Bravery + Free Library List

If you have a child who needs a little dose of courage, check out a few of these wonderful picture books about bravery! Each one will inspire courage, determination, and self-confidence. 

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How to Solve Letter Reversals

letters b and d reversals

Struggling with Letter Reversals?

It is easy to see how letter reversals happen: flip the b and it becomes a d. The beginning reader or dyslexic child may not realize that the direction of the letter matters, or he may not be able to remember which letter is which.

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W Is for Wind on the Water

Snacks that start with W

There’s a stiff breeze blowing and that means it’s time to set your sails for a seafaring adventure!

But with this refreshing summer recipe, even landlubbers can sail the seven seas! Featuring healthy, kid-friendly foods, our crafty sailboat snack brings the wind and the water to a dinner plate near you.

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8 Ways to Use Refrigerator Magnets

using refrigerator magnets to teach the aphabet

Here are eight fantastic ways to develop pre-reading skills using alphabet refrigerator magnets (with no mess or fuss)! And if magnets don’t stick to your fridge, you can do these same activities using a metal baking sheet or the front of your dishwasher.

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P Is for Patriotic

P Is for Patriotic featured graphic

Summer brings long sun-soaked days, but it also brings the celebration of the red, white, and blue. That’s right!

The Fourth of July is just around the corner!

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Using Bananagrams to Build Language Skills

bananagrams game pieces

Go Bananas with Bananagrams!

How quickly can you take a handful of letters and create an intersecting grid of words? It’s a fun challenge!

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S Is for Sunny Smiles

Assembled sunny summer snack

Looking for a cool, refreshing treat that doesn’t take a lot of time to make? We have the perfect ABC Snacks recipe for you to enjoy on a hot summer day!

Kids love creating their own snack and this one is easy for kids and parents alike.

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Using All About Spelling with Older Students

All About Spelling is frequently used with teens and adults. But sometimes parents and teachers aren’t sure how to get started with older students who need remedial work.

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