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Are Spelling and Reading Manipulatives Effective?


Other than helping to keep hands occupied and minds engaged, is there actual value to using “manipulatives” to teach spelling and reading?

Other than helping to keep hands occupied and minds engaged, is there actual value to using “manipulatives” to teach spelling and reading? Let’s face it – it can be hard to make a language arts curriculum interesting. Sometimes the reading passages can capture a child’s attention, and colorful graphics may help, but the actual work…
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Lancaster Barnstormers and Free Books for Kids


Learn how the Lancaster Barnstormers partnered with Imagination Library to provide free books to kids.

Take me out to the ball game… On a warm Sunday in June the Lancaster Barnstormers took on the Somerset Patriots as 500 children watch. These children are participating in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library – a program designed to improve literacy rates by sending children in need free books each month. The vision is for…
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Develop Language Skills with Nursery Rhymes


The very repetitive nature of nursery rhymes creates an atmosphere of social interaction with children that helps their language skills develop.

Let’s play a quick game. I say, “Jack and Jill went up the hill to ____.” Can you finish the rhyme? I’ll bet you can. What is it about nursery rhymes that make them so memorable, and more importantly, why would there be value for them in a 21st-century education? For generations nursery rhymes have…
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Beverly Cleary, Now Age 100, Has Filled Our Libraries With Good Things!


Beverly Cleary has provided us with stories that are timeless classics.

Today, an American treasure turns 100. Beverly Cleary, author and creator of beloved characters like Ramona and Beezus Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ralph S. Mouse, has provided us with stories that are timeless classics. Although many of her books are set in a time when mothers didn’t work outside the home and computers were things…
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Scholastic Highlights the Importance of Reading Aloud


Scholastic released a report that highlights the importance of reading aloud.

Scholastic has released its latest Kids and Family Reading Report. Scholastic is dedicated to increasing literacy and publishes classic children’s books, such as Clifford the Big Red Dog. Their new report, which you can read here, shares some key data on families and reading. What Makes Frequent Readers? Scholastic defines frequent readers as children who…
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Fiction and Training the Imagination


It is important to introduce children to fiction because fiction and story are fantastic training grounds for the imagination. Children are moldable and easily influenced which means training their imagination from an early age is important. Stories allow them to engage with imagery and humanity in a way that can then be translated into their everyday experience.

Since college, I have read very little fiction. I’m motivated to learn and digest ideas so I read a lot of nonfiction books. I read about business, education, politics, theology, and the life stories of people I admire. In my younger years, I had read a lot of fiction; from classics like Jane Eyre and…
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Facebook: The New Reader’s Digest


There is a time for Facebook, a time for books, a time for video, and a time to sit and just talk to each other. It is the role of the parent to guide the next generation in making good choices.

“Americans no longer talk to each other, they entertain each other. They do not exchange ideas, they exchange images. They do not argue with propositions; they argue with good looks, celebrities and commercials.” – Neil Postman (Amusing Ourselves to Death) Neil Postman’s book, Amusing Ourselves to Death, was written in 1985. To put that in…
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Why We Need to Read Together: The Magic of Reading Aloud


Reading aloud to our children, especially when they are title, is an integral part of human bonding and the cultivation of relationship.

When I was 7 years old, my older brother Isaac read JRR Tolkien’s “The Fellowship of The Ring” aloud to me. I remember being enthralled by the exciting adventure of Frodo and his friends. Oh, I should probably mention that my brother Isaac was only 9 when he read it to me. My brother’s behavior…
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Books and Academic Achievement


If your children don’t see you valuing books, they won’t learn that books are valuable. If your children don’t see you reading, they’ll assume that reading is not important. Buying lots of books – and taking the time to read them – is an incredibly important way to invest in your child’s education. The bottom line …. books matter.

Buy lots of books. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, this advice might seem rather obvious, but what is not as obvious is the strong correlation between book ownership and academic achievement. It turns out that parental ownership of books is “even more important than whether the parents went to college or hold white-collar…
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