comprehension

summarizing: at-home practice of a super-important reading skill
January 13, 2014 1 comment

summarizing: at-home practice of a super-important reading skill

    The other day, Maddy came home with not necessarily a homework assignment but a challenge from her fourth grade teacher: find the story of Prometheus and explain the ...

top 2 insider secrets for motivating your kids to read
November 16, 2013 6 comments

top 2 insider secrets for motivating your kids to read

Every parent hopes that their kids grow up to be readers, right? Sure above all, we hope our kids grow to be happy, law-abiding, well-adjusted human beings, but beyond that, ...

learning during read-alouds: improving fluency
August 13, 2013 15 comments

learning during read-alouds: improving fluency

This is a re-post of a November 16, 2011 post because it’s totally worth revisiting.   Fluency is a tricky–but totally important–element of reading comprehension. No. Question. About it. And ...

reading, reciting, and memorizing poems
August 7, 2013 No Comment

reading, reciting, and memorizing poems

    For our tabletop surprise today, we rocked some major poetry. Knowing that poetry reading is sometimes less intimidating than reading other texts and knowing that right now my ...

top 10 ways to talk to kids about books
June 7, 2013 No Comment

top 10 ways to talk to kids about books

Sometimes it’s all we can do to just read with our kids. And honestly? That counts.  Big time.  So we should be happy if we’re reading with our kids. Woot! ...

high-interest reading: the skylanders book series
May 26, 2013 9 comments

high-interest reading: the skylanders book series

    My boy loves his Skylanders. So much so that if given the chance, his recipe for a life of pure happiness would be: Skylanders + soccer + more ...

how to help your child remember what he reads
May 20, 2013 2 comments

how to help your child remember what he reads

Some children are able to easily read the words on a page but cannot remember a lick of what they read. Believe it. Whole paragraphs, pages, chapters can sometimes decoded–words ...

nursery rhymes: powerful poems for fluency and more
April 21, 2013 3 comments

nursery rhymes: powerful poems for fluency and more

April is National Poetry Month! Did you know that? It is, and it’s not too late to jump in on the celebration! We have been doing little things over here ...

read across america week: resources GALORE!
February 25, 2013 1 comment

read across america week: resources GALORE!

One of the reading and literacy world’s biggest months is just around the corner, so we’re kicking it off with a fantabulous twitter event–and we want you to join us! ...

how to make silent reading more meaningful
January 16, 2013 13 comments

how to make silent reading more meaningful

Silent reading can–and should–be a meaningful, rich, awesome experience for kids. And parents can–and should–be able to support their young readers at home, just by keeping a few important things ...

develop strong reading skills early: skimming vs reading
October 17, 2012 13 comments

develop strong reading skills early: skimming vs reading

I realized something recently that I should have noticed way before now. Actually, I had an idea about it, but I wasn’t really for sure for sure. One of my ...