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Summer Reading Programs: Part Six, Great Titles for Young/Middle Grade Readers

During my years as a classroom teacher, I had the opportunity to talk with a lot of students about the books they were reading outside the classroom. I taught English/Language Arts at the middle and high school levels (grades 6-12), and got to see my students read tons of fantastic books from a variety of… Continue reading Summer Reading Programs: Part Six, Great Titles for Young/Middle Grade Readers

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Summer Reading Programs: Part Five, Reading Incentives

One of the things that makes summer reading programs exciting is the opportunity to earn prizes for reading. If you had the chance to read yesterday's article, and are currently considering taking the time to create your own summer reading program for your family, you might be thinking about what kind of reading incentives you… Continue reading Summer Reading Programs: Part Five, Reading Incentives

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Summer Reading Programs: Part Four, Creating Your Own Program

This week, I've talked a lot about the importance of summer reading and the effectiveness of summer reading programs. With many libraries remaining closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, you might be having a hard time finding a local summer reading program for your family. If your library is currently closed, I recommend keeping an… Continue reading Summer Reading Programs: Part Four, Creating Your Own Program

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Summer Reading Programs: Part Three, Summer Reading Resources

One of the most difficult things about finding good reading resources online is the fact that there are so many of them out there! Simply typing the words "reading practice" or "reading lists for kids" into the Google search bar will literally pull up millions of results. Honestly, it can be a little overwhelming to… Continue reading Summer Reading Programs: Part Three, Summer Reading Resources

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Summer Reading Programs: Part Two, Summer Reading Motivation

There are a lot of different reasons to read. We read to learn and explore new things, to experience other cultures and lifestyles than our own, to entertain ourselves, and to escape from reality. We may choose to pick up a particular book simply because we find pleasure in reading...or we read because we are… Continue reading Summer Reading Programs: Part Two, Summer Reading Motivation

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Summer Reading 2020: Part One, The Importance of Summer Reading

The end of the 2019-2020 school year is almost here, and I think it's probably safe to say that most students and parents are looking forward to a break. But as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to have a massive impact around the world, your family may be going into the summer vacation with a lot… Continue reading Summer Reading 2020: Part One, The Importance of Summer Reading

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Homeschooling Because of Covid-19?

Now that many school districts have closed their doors, parents are taking responsibility for their children's continued education, often while working from home. While some schools are able to provide their students with distance-learning opportunities, such as take-home bags and Google Classroom assignments, it sounds like a lot of parents are on their own when… Continue reading Homeschooling Because of Covid-19?

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POPSUGAR Reading Challenge Update: Week Eleven

Happy Pi Day, everyone! After completely disregarding my reading goals last week in favor of indulging in excessive amounts of Harry Potter fanfiction, it probably won't surprise you to learn that this week I threw myself back into the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge with a vengeance. My goal for the week was to complete some of… Continue reading POPSUGAR Reading Challenge Update: Week Eleven

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How Do I Get My Child To Read?

Before I decided to leave the classroom to pursue a career in writing, I taught English/Language Arts at the middle and high school levels. One of the concerns that I frequently heard from parents was regarding reading. Usually the conversation involved the parent saying something like this: "I've been trying to get my kids to… Continue reading How Do I Get My Child To Read?