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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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How to Develop Print Awareness

print awareness - open book with stars coming out of it

What Is Print Awareness?

A child who has print awareness understands that print represents words that have meaning and are related to spoken language.

Kids who have print awareness are able to do things like hold a book correctly and understand that books are read from front to back. They also realize that sentences are read from left to right.

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Wingfeather Saga Chapter Books

the cottage in the Wingfeather Saga

If you are looking for books that older children will enjoy, the Wingfeather Saga is for you! Fourteen-year-old Jimmy is such a huge fan of the Wingfeather Saga that we asked him to help us write this review. Jimmy doesn’t normally love to read, but this series captured his attention and turned him into a voracious reader. He couldn’t put these books down!

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A Is for Alligator Craft

Little girl gluing teeth onto her alligator craft.

This ABC Crafts letter-of-the-week animal may have a mouthful of sharp teeth, but he’s still pretty cute. Your little one will love learning the letter A with our A Is for Alligator craft!

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How to Teach Reading Comprehension

two bugs and a stack of books

Reading comprehension is the ultimate goal when teaching your child to read. After all, when a child struggles with comprehension, reading can be a miserable chore. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could find some easy-to-follow ideas to help you nurture this ability?

Good news! There are many different ways to help develop your child’s reading comprehension!

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B Is for Bee Craft

Child gluing eyes onto his bee craft.

Have you heard the buzz? This week’s animal letter craft is coming your way and it’s really quite bee-u-tiful! Our B Is for Bee craft is colorful and fun, so let’s get started!

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  • 2 sheets of printer paper
  • Card stock (we used blue, black, white, and yellow)
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Hoot and Peep – Picture Book Reviews

Two cute owls cuddling on the rooftop

Do you remember the first time you saw snow? Maybe it’s the beauty of the softly falling flakes or the promise of snowmen and snow angels, but there’s something magical about snow. At least that’s what Hoot and Peep think.

Wait! You don’t know Hoot and Peep? Let me introduce them to you!

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C Is for Crab Craft

Child gluing eyes onto his crab craft.

Learning the letter C will be a snap with this week’s ABC Craft! But you better watch your fingers! This crabby crustacean may be cute, but he’s got a great big pair of pincers!

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Rhyming with Candy Hearts

pink and purple rhyming heart cards

Today we have a sweet rhyming activity for your kids! And it’s designed for all ages, because rhyming continues to be an important part of phonological awareness even as students move on to more advanced reading.

Let’s get started!

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D Is for Duck Craft

child working on D Is for Duck craft

Practicing the letter D is much more fun when you’re creating a delightful, duck-inspired animal letter craft! We hope you’ll find this craft all it’s quacked up to be!

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Black History Picture Books

shades of brown hands reaching up

Black history is filled with stories of courage, strength, and determination. The picture books below provide the perfect way to explore these important stories with your children.

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E Is for Elephant Craft

child finishing her elephant craft

Is there an elephant in the room? There will be—after your preschooler creates this week’s ABC Craft! Share all the jumbo-sized fun with your little one and celebrate the letter E at the same time.

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