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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, ...

tips and tricks for teaching emergent readers (with free printable early reader books!)
October 29, 2013 2 comments

tips and tricks for teaching emergent readers (with free printable early reader books!)

The following guest post is written by the incredibly talented (and busy!) Anna of The Measured Mom.  Anna is a former classroom teacher, currently a mom of four littles who ...

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 ...

recipe reading (and cookie-eating)
October 8, 2013 2 comments

recipe reading (and cookie-eating)

    This post was originally published on December 12, 2009, but as I searched for our Iced Pumpkin Spice Cookie recipe, I found this oldie but goodie and realized ...

math and writing: ten apples up on top
September 30, 2013 1 comment

math and writing: ten apples up on top

    The following guest post is written by Jackie Higgins, of Ready-Set-Read. Jackie is a great friend and longtime we teach member, now a member of the we teach ...

street signs for early literacy and math skill building
September 28, 2013 No Comment

street signs for early literacy and math skill building

I’ve shared time and again the importance of using what is around you–environmental print–for early literacy and math skill-building. Signs are everywhere, and they’re free. And they can really help ...

the national book festival: what it is and why you should go
September 17, 2013 No Comment

the national book festival: what it is and why you should go

The National Book Festival is this weekend, September 21-23, 2013. Go. It’s awesome. And it’s free. It’s on the National Mall here in DC, but if you can’t make it, ...

when talking to teachers: 5 tips for parents
September 14, 2013 8 comments

when talking to teachers: 5 tips for parents

As a writer for Scholastic Parents’ Raise a Reader blog, I’m always surprised at what sparks the most conversation among readers. I recently wrote Talking to Teachers: What Every Parent ...

school RULES! super-silly lunchbox joke notes
August 24, 2013 2 comments

school RULES! super-silly lunchbox joke notes

    It has been such an amazing summer.  I am desperately, terribly, incredibly sad to see it go. But here we are.  Marching forward. At my kids’ request, I ...

back-to-school shopping: the secret to keeping kids happy AND parents happy
August 16, 2013 No Comment

back-to-school shopping: the secret to keeping kids happy AND parents happy

Back-to-School shopping can be crazy, stressful, and anxiety-producing for kids and parents alike. But there are a few things we can do to make this annual event lighter, easier, and ...

learning during read-alouds: improving fluency
August 13, 2013 16 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 ...