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8 Tips for Improving Reading Fluency for Emergent Readers

8 Tips for Improving Reading Fluency for Emergent Readers

My daughter loves reading but was bored by the early readers at school. She wanted to move up to higher levels with more interesting text. Her teacher sent home a note that she needs to improve her reading fluency in order to go to the next level. By working with my daughter at home to improve her reading fluency, I found a few tips that help emergent readers read more fluently: Pin It (This is my son, … Read entire article »

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Interview with Trudy Ludwig, Author of My Secret Bully

Interview with Trudy Ludwig, Author of My Secret Bully

Pin It Bullying. I’ve read about it, I’ve written about…I’ve lived it. Nothing quite prepares you for the moment, though, when your own little one comes home crying with her own stories of exclusion and heartbreak. And although I know what it feels like to hear the words, see your classmates turn away, and feel the deep ache to belong again, it does not help me find a way to comfort and to bolster my own child. Please … Read entire article »

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DIY Microwave Pressed Flowers: For Your Flower Pressing Emergencies

DIY Microwave Pressed Flowers: For Your Flower Pressing Emergencies

Did you know you could press flowers in the microwave when you have a pressed flower emergency? What? You do not have pressed flower emergencies? It is only me? Most of us know how to press flowers for crafts and studying and preserving memories. You place the flowers in between two sheets of newsprint and then place that in between two pieces of cardboard. Then you stick the entire cardboard, newsprint, flower sandwich under a pile … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Home Arts, Spring

Picture Books About Cinco de Mayo

Picture Books About Cinco de Mayo

My mother in law just came back from a vacation in Mexico and the kids are excited to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. We’re kicking off the fiesta early with a few picture books about Cinco de Mayo and Mexican culture. I probably did not know the meaning of Cinco de Mayo until I was teaching history–many people confuse the celebration with Mexico’s Independence Day (which is in September). Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates the victory over … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, History and Culture