The “No Gaps” Approach to Reading and Spelling

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Does your child have gaps in reading and spelling?

Hundreds of thousands of children struggle to learn to read and spell. They spend hour after tiring hour being fed information, only to eventually be tagged as “unable to read” or labeled with a learning disability that keeps them from being able to spell.

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How to Teach Contractions

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Would you like to help your child avoid some of the most common errors in written English? Today we’re talking about the misuse of contractions, especially when it comes to words like it’s vs. its and you’re vs. your.

You’ve probably seen these mistakes; maybe they’ve even made you cringe.

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Wonderful Picture Books for Winter

boy catching snowflakes on his tongue.

Ahh…winter! There’s just so much to love—the stillness of the night after a blanket of snow has covered the ground; the crunch of snow underfoot; and curling up in front of a crackling fire with a blanket, a cup of tea, and a wonderful picture book for winter! And speaking of books, the books below will bring warmth to even the chilliest winter day!

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4 Spelling Strategies You Won’t Want to Miss

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Some kids are just naturally “good spellers.” And then there are those who need all the help they can get.

If spelling doesn’t come easily to your child—or if you want to get your child started on the right foot—this post is for you! Read along to learn about four powerful spelling strategies to help your student, including free resources to get you started.

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Create a Christmas Book Advent Calendar

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Have you ever heard of a Christmas book Advent calendar? It’s so simple and yet so fun. And best of all, it’s the perfect way to incorporate read-aloud time into your family’s holiday traditions.

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Thanksgiving Scramble – A Fun Make-a-Word Activity

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and that usually means a smorgasbord of tasty treats shared with family and friends around the table! Cook up a bit of extra holiday fun with this delicious Thanksgiving-themed word scramble activity! Ready to dig in?

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Picture Books for Thanksgiving

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Are you looking for Thanksgiving picture books to share with your children this holiday season? Here is a lovely selection that will demonstrate gratitude, show kindheartedness, and explain the rich traditions of Thanksgiving.

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G Is for Gobble, Gobble

ABC Snacks - G is for Gobble, Gobble

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and this adorable turkey snack from our ABC Snacks series is a perfect way to begin your holiday feast.

In fact, our Gobble Gobble Turkey Snack is the best kind of snack–healthy, beautiful, and delicious. And what makes it even better is that your children can help you prepare the whole thing!

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How to Motivate Your Child to Read

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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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Using Silly Sentences to Build Language Skills

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The Cow Jumped Over the … What?!

Grammar can seem like an intimidating subject, but not when you explore it with Silly Sentences! Using the 124 color-coded puzzle pieces included with the hilarious game, kids learn how to construct sentences, discover the functions of different words, and have a blast at the same time!

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C Is for Candy Corn Cups

Candy corn: the quintessential sweet treat for fall.

But though it may be yummy, candy corn isn’t the healthiest snack choice for your little one.

This delicious alternative bears the colors of fall without all the sugar–and it’s still sweet enough to please the “sweetest tooth” in your house.

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How to Teach Schwas

Maybe you haven’t heard of schwas before, or maybe you’ve heard of them but are wondering how to teach schwas to your children. If so—read on! By the end of this post, I hope to have helped you make sense of the schwa.

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