word consciousness

5 great reasons to read words OUT of context
October 11, 2013 No Comment

5 great reasons to read words OUT of context

The following guest post is written by Becky Spence of This Reading Mama. Becky is a busy homeschooling mama of four littles, and she constantly shares super content on her ...

give words as a gift: word conscious kids use wordle
June 4, 2013 2 comments

give words as a gift: word conscious kids use wordle

It’s that time of year again, when the fliers start coming around collecting money for teacher gifts.  And collecting for teachers’ gifts–on top of other household expenses–can really put a ...

raising word conscious kids: a chat with Mando and Rosita of Sesame Street
May 16, 2013 1 comment

raising word conscious kids: a chat with Mando and Rosita of Sesame Street

I can’t stress enough the importance of raising word-conscious kids. Words are everywhere, all around us. Why not capitalize on the learning opportunities available to us everywhere we turn? If ...

learning during read-alouds: oral language development
September 12, 2011 3 comments

learning during read-alouds: oral language development

Sometimes, simple is better.  Sometimes, more choices make us more confused. If Maddy, Owen, and Cora were shown an amazing pallet of face paints and were able to choose anything ...

trying tapas: rockville restaurant week (& giveaway!)
September 7, 2011 28 comments

trying tapas: rockville restaurant week (& giveaway!)

For the last few days, Cora and I have read Susan Middleton Elya’s Bebé Goes Shopping more times than I can count. In the story, Mamá y Bebé take a ...

a word a day: getting the family involved
July 9, 2011 5 comments

a word a day: getting the family involved

Maddy, Owen, and Cora have loved the Word a Day we’ve been doing for the past two weeks–more than I anticipated and much to my surprise.  It’s been funny to ...

word a day: creating word conscious, word happy kids
June 27, 2011 22 comments

word a day: creating word conscious, word happy kids

Our very first day of the Smart Summer Challenge found us lazying around at home because Owen returned from swim and dive feeling really under the weather. So while he ...

a game for practicing spelling, sight words, or letters: WORDO!
May 26, 2011 15 comments

a game for practicing spelling, sight words, or letters: WORDO!

With the end of the school year quickly approaching, we’re all getting antsy for summer. So I’ve had to be super crafty during our work time in order to keep ...

learning during read-alouds: word consciousness
May 3, 2011 4 comments

learning during read-alouds: word consciousness

We shouldn’t try to fill every second of our children’s lives with learning and lessons; our kiddos really do need time for free play indoors or out in the fresh ...

creating word-conscious kids
July 28, 2010 1 comment

creating word-conscious kids

A portion of this article was originally posted by me on ABC & 123 on 5/17/10. Just the way that some people will notice a kite in the sky, a ...

farm-full of rich vocabulary words
February 25, 2010 No Comment

farm-full of rich vocabulary words

I always cringe when I hear parents talking in baby voices and using baby words when interacting with their not-so-babyish children. Or other people’s not-so-babyish children, especially once those kiddos ...