Is the “Matthew Effect” Affecting Your Child’s Desire to Read?

upward and downward spirals and the Matthew Effect

Does your child dislike reading? Would your child rather do chores than read a book? Does your child avoid reading whenever possible? When it’s time for reading lessons, are there tears or grumpiness involved?

Children who dislike reading are usually struggling readers. Just as nonathletic people tend to avoid exercise, struggling readers tend to avoid books and everything else related to reading.

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Picture Books for Fall

little girl playing in autumn leaves

If there’s a chill in the air and the trees are spinning a tapestry of reds and golds, it must be autumn! And that means it’s time to grab your little ones, cuddle up on the couch, and read a few of my favorite picture books for fall.

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How to Handle Spelling Rule Breakers

Learning how to spell words that don’t follow the rules can be … well boring. And we can’t have that!

In All About Spelling, we’ve labeled unruly words like said, who, and been as “Rule Breakers,” and we’ve created several motivating ways to make learning to spell these words a bit easier … and a lot more fun!

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Make Your Own Tactile Letter Cards

Tactile Letter Cards - a letter recognition activity from All About Reading

Have you heard about tactile letter cards? Children learn about the world around them through their senses: seeing, hearing, smelling, and tasting. And of course… Children learn by touching.

Here at All About Learning Press, we’re really big on the multisensory approach because learning is so much more effective when children learn through all their senses. Our tactile letter cards download provides a great multisensory way for little ones to learn about the alphabet.

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Break the “Word Guessing” Habit

child guessing at a word while reading

Does your child guess at unknown words instead of sounding them out?

The “word guessing” habit can stand in the way of learning to read. In this post, you’ll learn why kids guess and how you can solve the problem.

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A Is for Ants-Go-Munching

ABC Snacks - Ants Go Munching

Your kids are going to LOVE this fun and colorful snack idea!

Like most of our ABC Snacks, this one pairs healthy yet yummy eating with a hands-on recipe that preschoolers can help create. Include foods from every food group and Appetizing Ants-Go-Munching can become a tasty lunch instead of just a snack.

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Auditory Processing Disorder: 10 Ways to Help Your Child

girl's face with flower behind her ear

If you have a child who is struggling with an auditory processing disorder (APD), you probably have many questions.

And the biggest question of all is, “What can I do to help?” I have heard it again and again from concerned parents.

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Real Moms, Real Kids: A Typical Week with All About Spelling

Have you ever wondered what’s involved in a typical week with AAS?

Cassandra Ginter and Merry Marinello are real moms who use All About Reading and All About Spelling with their own kids. They are both also part of our Customer Care team, where their hands-on experience puts them in a great position to help other parents unlock the power of AAR and AAS.

We asked Cassandra and Merry to share their routines for using AAS in their homes, and they even provided some fantastic tips for added enjoyment, ease, and effectiveness. Join Cassandra as she takes us through a week with her eight-year-old student, currently using the Level 2 Color Edition, and then read about a typical week for Merry and her teen student as they progress through Level 6.

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Introducing Birds of a Feather: A Reading and Spelling Review Book

If you love the colorful activities in All About Reading, All About Spelling, or our supplemental Something Fishy review book, then we have an exciting announcement for you! Today we’re thrilled to introduce our brand-new reading and spelling review book: Birds of a Feather!

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Picture Books about Grandparents

Picture Books About Grandparents - book reviews from All About Reading

This beautiful collection of picture books about grandparents honors grandpas and grandmas from many cultures and periods of history. As you share these books with your children, you’ll be reminded how fortunate we are to have the strength and guidance of the older generation.

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Picture Books about Underwater Creatures

The ocean is a vast and mysterious place, and what better way to explore it than with this collection of twenty amazing aquatic picture books? Meet countless underwater creatures, dive into their habitats, and discover all the FIN-tastic secrets of the ocean—all without dipping a toe in the water!

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Creating the Alphabet with Building Blocks

Creating the Alphabet with Building Blocks - a letter recognition activity for preschoolers from All About Reading

One of the most effective ways to help your child learn the letters is through play. Creating the alphabet with building blocks, such as Lego, is a fun way for preschoolers to become more familiar with letters.

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