reading together

Interview with Nancy I. Sanders – Part 3

Nancy I. Sanders is an award-winning author of more than 100 books for children. She is also the creator of the elementary WriteShop writing curricula. I asked about her thoughts on writing as it relates to reading aloud. Q: Parents have long been encouraged to start reading to their children at a very young age to foster a love for reading. In your experience, have you found that

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Teaching With Picture Books

When my kids were younger, we read through hundreds of picture books. Sometimes we would snuggle up together and read the books on the sofa, and other times I would read aloud at the table as the children were eating lunch. Some picture books were just fun, while others were meant to be educational. But did you know that you can plan your lessons around a good picture

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Picture Books for Winter

While I love the changing leaves of autumn, there are lots of magical things about winter, too. Catching snowflakes, building snowmen, snuggling up under cozy blankets, and drinking hot chocolate topped with big, fluffy, white marshmallows are just a few ways to celebrate the season. With so much time spent indoors, it’s a good opportunity to read together even more often. And what better place

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Things I Wished I’d Known Before I Started Homeschooling – #1 of 4

We have been homeschooling since my oldest was in Kindergarten, and soon he’s going to be a sophomore in college. This fall will begin our fourteenth year. And while I don’t consider myself a “model” homeschooling mom (in fact, I could make a long list of all of my mistakes), there are a few things I’ve learned along the way. #1: Homeschooling Isn’t Easy

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Learning to Read with Letter Cards

Learning to Read with Letter Cards Some of my biggest challenges as a homeschooling mom have involved reading. My youngest child has had an especially difficult time learning to read, so much so that I had to find someone else who could help. That’s when I learned about “letter cards”. I must admit, I don’t know much about teaching reading. My oldest child just

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A Senior, a Fourth-Grader, and Two Between

It seems as if every year of homeschooling has presented us with new challenges. And that’s as it should be, as each year the children learn and grow and change. But this has been my most challenging year yet. This year, I have a fourth-grader, a seventh-grader, a ninth-grader, and my first senior. And while academically my senior doesn’t have much left to complete,

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Keep A Reading Journal

If you’re like me, you love learning with your kids – just not keeping up with the paperwork. But there is some paperwork that’s rewarding for both you and your child. It can even be fun! A reading journal is just that kind of paperwork. What to Include No matter what age your child is, he can keep a record of the books he’s

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The Struggling Reader

For quite a while now, I’ve told our co-op teachers that my youngest son is a “late-reader”. “He just isn’t reading quite yet,” I would explain to them, and they would reassure me, telling me they understood completely, and they wouldn’t call on him in class to read. Many people would reiterate what I’ve heard a number of times: sometimes it takes boys a

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Reading Poetry

I love reading and writing poetry. My poems, though, almost always rhyme, and I’m not very good at free verse yet. My children enjoy poetry too, and one of the best ways I’ve found to encourage them is by reading poetry together. And age-appropriate poems are so easy to find! There are lots of picture books that are actually poems coupled with illustrations to

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Coral Reefs

We recently found a really interesting book in our library: Coral Reefs by Jason Chin. It’s a non-fiction picture book filled with tons of information about coral reefs. But instead of the typical depiction of marine animals that you might expect to see, the illustrations have a very creative twist. The first pages feature a young girl at the library pulling the very same

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