Reading Curriculum

Reading in the Fifth Grade

By the time your child is in the fifth grade, you’ll want to get her on a good reading schedule, both for school assignments and for pleasure. Set aside a time during your school day for her to read required books: biographies, autobiographies, and other history books, science books, classic literature — whatever fits in well with the curriculum you’re using. Then set aside

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Homeschool | Winter Picture Books

With December and the colder weather now upon us, I’ve begun thinking about the seasonal stories my children will enjoy. Below are a few of our favorite wintertime picture books: Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming has been on our must-read list every year. With this simple book, young children learn that some animals hibernate through the winter. One by one, the animals tell

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100 Easy Reading Lessons

If you have a young child who wants to learn to read or an elementary student who needs more practice reading, you may want to try the book Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Englemann, Phyllis Haddox, and Elaine Bruner. Together, these authors have come up with a step-by-step plan to help parents teach their children to read. The

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Reading for the Fourth Grade

If you’ve read to your fourth grader since she was very small, chances are she loves to read by herself. For a fourth grader in a traditional school, reading programs usually consist of phonics and comprehension skills. At home, you can find a similar program to use, or you can simply provide your child with good books and a designated time to read them.

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Reading in the Second Grade

As your child enters the second grade, he might be reading fluently on his own, or he might still need phonics instruction to help him decode simple words. Setting aside time for him to read to you every day, or even a few times a day, will help develop his reading skills. As a general guideline, by the end of this second grade year,

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Reading in the Third Grade

Hopefully, by the time your child begins the third grade, she’s enjoying reading books. As with all the early elementary ages, however, third graders read on different levels; some may still be struggling with de-coding words while others may be reading chapter books or longer works independently. If you find that your child still needs extra help with reading, don’t worry; just continue with

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Reading in the First Grade

Your child has completed Kindergarten and has moved up to the first grade. You had a good year together, enjoying lots of hands-on activities and new experiences. You’ve snuggled up together on the couch and read and re-read his favorite books. You’ve taught him the names of the letters and the sounds they make. You know he’s ready to start putting those sounds together,

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“Little Hands” Books

If you have a young child and are looking for something creative to do, check out the Little Hands art and craft books from Williamson Publishing. This series of books presents easy crafts and activities for little ones that can be done as summer projects or art assignments during the school year. The Little Hands Big Fun Craft Book by Judy Press and Loretta

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Summer Reading

Our library has a summer reading program in which children can earn prizes for reading a certain number of books. My children like to win the prizes as quickly as they can, so I’ve been checking out a lot of picture books lately for my younger two. Some of them I’m familiar with, and some of them I’ve never seen before. It’s been fun

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