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5 Ways to Find Time to Read Aloud

Instead of envisioning the perfect read aloud time, we need to start where we are and weave it into our day-to-day lives. Here are five ways to do that.

We all know reading aloud is a good thing to do as a family. Reading aloud bonds our family relationships as we share not only time but also stories. Stories shape the heart as well as the mind, educate the imagination and soul as well as the brain. Our children need stories. Even we as…
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The Read-Aloud Family [Book Review]

Sarah Mackenzie mixes personal anecdotes with relevant research on why reading aloud is so beneficial in her new book, "The Read-Aloud Family".

Sarah Mackenzie is the beloved host of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast. Her new book, The Read-Aloud Family, is a great resource for every family. Mackenzie mixes personal anecdotes with relevant research on why reading aloud is so beneficial. There’s practical advice on how to grow as a read-aloud family, and common myths like “my kids…
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5 Library Tips From Sarah Mackenzie

Here are five tips that will help you make better use of the amazing (and FREE) resources at your local library, without going crazy in the process.

Let’s face it – the logistics of taking kids into a quiet area can seem like mixing oil and water. Most of us know what a great resource the library is. As homeschoolers, the ability to have fantastic and free resources at our fingertips is invaluable. I’ve heard it said that you can homeschool well…
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How Families Can Learn and Grow at the Library [Report]

The guiding vision of a recent report is that the library is to be a learning space for families children all the way through adulthood.

In the 21st century, libraries have evolved in their vision to provide far more than just books. Many libraries now offer digital resources, after school programs for kids, budgeting and cooking classes for families, and so much more. The Harvard Family Research Project and the Public Library Association partnered together to author a report entitled…
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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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