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10 Simple Ways to Have Engaged Summer Readers

Looking for ways to keep your kids reading throughout the summer? Check out these 10 simple ways to have engaged summer readers. Don't try to do all of them all of the time! You will get burnt out! But maybe pick one or two that you think might resonate with your children and give it… Continue reading 10 Simple Ways to Have Engaged Summer Readers

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How To Run Simple and Successful Elementary Book Clubs

Are you looking to change things up in your next reading unit? Try book clubs! Here are a few simple ways to run successful book clubs in your elementary classroom! What are book clubs? Book clubs are small groups often divided up by reading level. Each group is given a novel that they read together… Continue reading How To Run Simple and Successful Elementary Book Clubs

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How To Think Deeply While Reading

In my opinion, the hardest part about teaching reading isn't teaching students HOW to read, but rather, teaching students how to THINK while reading. Reading is most valuable if the reader can see past the words on the page and understand the deeper message the author is trying to teach them. The idea of "deep… Continue reading How To Think Deeply While Reading

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The Essential Read-Aloud

I love to read out loud to my students! I enjoy introducing my students to interesting books they may not have chosen themselves or follow a tangent of discussion brought on by our current read-aloud. But with all of the standards we must meet, lessons we must plan, differentiation we must offer, and the general… Continue reading The Essential Read-Aloud

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Why Should I Get a Library Card?

My local library played a huge role in my love for reading as an adult. I remember when I got my first library card . . . I was so proud of myself and treasured that card and the possibilities that it brought me for years to come. In my family, going to the library… Continue reading Why Should I Get a Library Card?

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Simple Ways to Introduce Literature

I am a mom of an 11 month old baby girl. I have been so excited because we have recently entered the stage where she loves to explore her books all on her own! I love watching her practice flipping through the pages, staring at the beautiful pictures, and babbling to herself as if she… Continue reading Simple Ways to Introduce Literature

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Why Reading is Important

The love of reading is not universal. In fact, if you were to ask those around you how they feel about reading, you would discover a variety of answers. Some are voracious readers, fully absorbed in their current book at all times. Others read in spurts, going months without reading between book obsessions. And then,… Continue reading Why Reading is Important

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5 Ways to Create a Cozy Reading Corner

One of the best ways to encourage children to read is to create a cozy spot designated for the adventuring through books. Here are five easy tips to create a reading corner in your classroom or in your home that your children will never want to leave! A Plushy Rug The first step to creating… Continue reading 5 Ways to Create a Cozy Reading Corner