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How to get mail

Getting mail is fun. Remember when you were little, and some mail came addressed to you? It was fantastic! And of course, when kids get mail… they read it. Here are some ways to help your child get some mail: *You get mail when you send mail. Help your child […]

Writing in light
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Writing in light

So, here’s a pretty cool product. Crayola’s Glow Station is essentially a flexible white board made of a phosphorescent material. It comes with a pen-flashlight so kids can “write” (or draw) using light. At first, I thought it was a one-trick pony. My son used it the first time for […]

Great new books – the Bird is back!
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Great new books – the Bird is back!

Boo Hoo Birdby Jeremy Tankard Well, he’s not grumpy any more but really, he should be, since in this sequel to Grumpy Bird, our little blue friend gets bonked in the head. And, just as in the last book, it’s Bird’s friends who make him feel better.Beautifully illustrated and lovingly […]

Boys and girls are different
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Boys and girls are different

They approach literature differently, too. Boys use different parts of their brains than girls to process emotions and words. They relate to characters in books differently, and enjoy reading different kinds of things. Here’s what most boys like to read:*Non-fiction*Facts*Accounts of real events*Books with action*Illustrated accounts showing how things work*Gross […]

Lunchbox surprise
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Lunchbox surprise

Put a note in their lunchbox. I like to put a little note in with my son’s lunch. Notes are great for kids who aren’t that into reading because they’re short, they’re fun, and they’re from mom. I keep my notes to the point, and very upbeat. Something like: “Hope […]

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Happy Family Literacy Day

This is the day. The day you and your child read together for at least 15 minutes.The day you buy her a magazine, out of the blue.The day you help your child write a letter (or an e-mail) to gramma.The day you listen to your daughter read a book.The day […]

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Family Literacy Day is Jan. 27

Tomorrow is Family Literacy Day Celebrate and foster literacy in your home by:*Reading with your kids;*Creating a story together;*Explaining some current events to them;*Giving them a book or a magazine; or*Letting them read to you. I read the five Robert Munsch books to my son (see last post) and we […]

It’s Canada vs. US in a literary show-down
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It’s Canada vs. US in a literary show-down

Beat the reading-with-your-child world record! Literacy organization ABC Canada is trying to beat the U.S.’s world record for “Most children reading with an adult, multiple locations.” And you can help. You need to read, with your child, five of Robert Munsch’s stories which you can download and print for free […]