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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 […]

Inauguration.
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Inauguration.

Does your child know what happened today? Talk to your child about the significance of the events of January 20, 2009. Talk to him about what it means to have an African-American president in the US. Explain why so many people were waiting and watching on this day. Why it’s […]

Judging the age-level of books
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Judging the age-level of books

What can your child read alone? It can be difficult to decide what books are just right for your reader – not too hard or too easy. Here’s a great suggestion, from a book/pamphlet produced by the YMCA, called Raising Kids Who Read. “To decide which books are right for […]

"I’m bored!"
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"I’m bored!"

We said it to our parents – your kid says it to you. You’ve hated hearing it in the past. But the next time he says “I’m bored!” you’re going to love it. Here’s what to do: The next time you’re in a book store or a corner store, check […]