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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

Why I love the library: Part I
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Why I love the library: Part I

There are so many great ways to enjoy the library. This post is the first of many, as I share with you a love of libraries. Being enthusiastic about libraries rubs off on children, and the library can become a place where kids feel comfortable and empowered. When my son […]

Election literacy
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Election literacy

Elections provide great opportunities for reading. Not just the words themselves, but what everything on an election sign means. My son and I discussed the concept of the “incumbent,” sparked by the word “re-elect” on a sign we saw. Check out an election sign, and talk to your child about […]

Successes

Mom got her son reading!

Great news. Remember the mom from the Oct. 1 post? Well, she has done an amazing job and in just one short week, her son is now picking up books and reading more. She says she went right home and got out a selection of books in subjects that interested […]

Great make: plasticine books
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Great make: plasticine books

This great comment from Cathy was too good to leave in the comments section. Hi Joyce: You’ve got me thinking about what sorts of things encouraged my boys to enjoy reading when they were small. One idea that really worked and was a lot of fun: When my son was […]