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Avoiding library fines

Libraries don’t have to cost a lot of money.Here are some tips:1) Renew your books online. When your deadline is approaching, go online using your library card, and hit “renew” for all your books. It buys you some time. 2) If your books are overdue, renew them online anyway. It […]

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Hoppity, by A. A. Milne

Hoppity by A. A. Milne Christopher Robin goesHoppity, hoppity,Hoppity, hoppity, hop. Whenever I tell himPolitely to stop it, heSays he can’t possibly stop. If he stopped hopping,He couldn’t go anywhere,Poor little ChristopherCouldn’t go anywhere… That’s why he always goesHoppity, hoppity,Hoppity,Hoppity,Hop.

Tag helps kids read, learn
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Tag helps kids read, learn

“Tag” could be a great learning device for your not-big-on-reading child. It’s essentially a wireless, electronic pen. When you poke a special “Tag” book with it, the book talks. Kids can hear the story, listen to the characters speak, play games and identify words.You have to use the Tag books, […]

Hallowe’en is for learning
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Hallowe’en is for learning

No, not really – it’s for candy and for zombies. But in the midst of our Hallowe’en party today, I managed to sneak in some learning. We had hidden “eyeballs” (bouncy balls with corneas printed on them) in the backyard. Each child had to find five with their initials on […]

Reading theory Tips

Treating books with kindness

This goes along with my last post, about considering books as a “treasure.” Once you think of books that way, you can’t help but have a certain reverence for them and this in turn reinforces the idea that they contain something valuable. Accordingly, I don’t allow books on the floor, […]

Reading theory Tips

A book is a treasure chest

When I see a book, I think of it as a “treasure chest.” The person who opens the cover will discover infinite possibilities – excitement, emotion, great characters, facts, new ideas! When I leave a book on my son’s bed for him to “find,” it’s like I’m leaving him buried […]