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26 tips for reading aloud

By Reta Pyke Doing reading exercises at home can greatly enhance school reading lessons, according to Timothy V. Rasinski, author of The Fluent Reader (Scholastic Books). Although his book is written for teachers, many of the strategies can be adapted for use at home. In summarizing Rasinski’s advice where it applies to parents, we’ve come [...]

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What types of books captivate reluctant readers?

by Danielle Westbrook Not every child struggles with reading in the same manner, or for the same reasons. Although people regularly label kids who are frustrated with reading “reluctant readers,” kids can be less than avid readers, but not quite reluctant readers when they’ve simply lost their confidence in reading for lack of books that [...]

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For the love of books

by Laura Langston Books have always been an important part of my life. Since I’m of the “children are made readers on the laps of their parents” school of thought, I assumed my kids would share my passion. My daughter was captivated by books when very young. My son, not so much. For a long [...]

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What is the “fourth-grade slump”?

By Pam Withers Your kid loved books until he hit fourth grade. Now it’s a royal pain getting him to pick up a book at all. He says books are boring. He says school is too hard. If that rings true, join the club. Forty percent of kids between the ages of five and eight [...]

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