Silly Sentence Match-Ups

A snake on a pancake? An elephant in a tractor? In this game, your child will make silly sentences about animals in strange places. Get ready for some silly match-ups!

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Magazines for Kids of All Ages

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Magazines make great reading material for kids. Libraries often have a large selection of periodicals for every age group and reading level, and for many areas of interest. And some magazines may have issues going back years…and even decades! Below is a huge list of magazines for kids of all ages! We’ve got something for everyone!

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“Mind Your Manners” Picture Books

Wouldn’t it be nice if children were born with perfect manners pre-installed? If you find yourself having to say things like “Say please” a little too often, you’ll appreciate this lineup of my favorite “non-preachy” picture books about manners that you’ll love sharing with your kids.

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Signs of a Reading Problem

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Do you suspect that your child has a reading problem? If so, you’re not alone.

Lots of parents come to us looking for answers to their children’s reading problems. My own son had struggles with reading when he was young, so not only do I have the help you need, I also understand firsthand what you’re going through.

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Word Families: The Pros and Cons

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You’ve probably noticed that kids’ brains like to discover patterns. The neat thing is that you can use this natural inclination toward patterns to your child’s advantage by using word families as you teach reading and spelling.

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Fun Ways to Count Syllables

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If your child has trouble counting syllables, or if you are teaching this concept for the first time, this post is for you! Read on to discover four fun ways to count syllablesand while you’re at it, be sure to check out all the extra practice activities and download a free printable “Count the Syllables” game.

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Summer Picture Books

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Time to grab a picnic basket and your swimsuit and head to the beach–it’s summer! And that means gardening, catching fireflies, building sandcastles, and more. But the best way to get the fun started is with these summery picture books.

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D Is for Dynamic Dads

D Is for Dynamic Dads - An ABC Snack from All About Reading

Dad’s special day is almost here, and in honor of dynamic dads everywhere, we’ve got an extra special snack to share with you!

All our ABC Snacks recipes are fun to create and tasty to eat, but this one takes the cake! The fun part is that this isn’t just a snack to make for dad…we want you to make it look like dad!

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A Handy Guide to Long Vowel Sounds

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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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Teaching Idioms: It’s a Piece of Cake!

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The English language is rich in unusual colloquial sayings and expressions.

For example, if someone tells you not to bite off more than you can chew, they are not cautioning you about the size of the morsel of food on your fork. And if something costs you an arm and a leg, it doesn’t mean you have to pay with an actual arm and a leg … thank goodness!

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Does Your Child’s Spelling List Make Sense?

Does Your Child's Spelling List Make Sense? - a post from All About Spelling

Spelling lists are the foundation of many spelling programs. But when you take a closer look, you’ll see that most spelling lists don’t make sense to the student. In fact, most lists have major flaws that actually keep kids from learning to spell.

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S Is for Salute Our Soldiers

Completed Salute Our Soldiers snack

Just in time for Memorial Day, this adorable ABC Snacks recipe is the perfect way to teach your preschooler about the letter S.

But that’s not all he’ll learn while you work on this tasty snack together. As you assemble this fun soldier snack, you can also help him understand why we remember and salute the men and women who have served our country as soldiers.

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