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Five Things Parents Can Do to Support Literacy Learning at Home

Parents are children's first teachers, and in this post, you will read about five things parents can do to support learning at home. Freebies included.

As we know, a child's first and most influential teacher is his/her parents. Parents are with the child during the most important formative years, and children learn from all of their family experiences socially, emotionally, and educationally. In fact, a child's ideas about education and its significance begins with the parents' ideals and modeling. Considering these points, it is so important that teachers and parents join forces with the child to help the child grow to his/her full potential. 

What to Expect out of the Three Top PIcks from Comprehension Connection

The three top picks from Comprehension Connection will make your planning a breeze. Kids love Jan Brett and Patricia Polacco, and so do teachers. Check out this post to learn more.

The turkey leftovers are nearly gone, and so is my oldest. Sniff! It was great to have him home from college at least for a little while. Now, it's time to start thinking about the weeks ahead. This is such an exciting time for our kids. They love the themes we've done in the past including gingerbread fun, decking the halls with reindeer, and of course, pulling out the mittens. If you'd like to catch a glimpse of some of the things we've had fun doing, the posts are featured above, but each category is linked below.

Mentor Texts Lessons for Celebrating the Holidays AND Teaching Key Reading Skills

With the holidays, it can be challenging to balance keeping to the curriculum and keeping kids engaged. Mentor text lessons are a great choice for getting both jobs done. Check out this post for go-to lessons you can use this month.

With the holidays, it can be challenging to balance keeping to the curriculum and keeping kids engaged. Mentor text lessons are a great choice for getting both jobs done. Today, I'd like to share three of my favorite seasonal mentor texts and how I use them.

Mentor Texts for Teaching Kids to Make Predictions

Getting kids to engage in the books they are reading is one key factor in deep comprehension, and that begins with making predictions. I have found in my experience that kids think of predictions as something that you do just before you read. They have grown accustomed to picture walks and even short discussions about what they think will happen based on the title and cover, but do kids come back to those predictions to check whether they were right or make new predictions during their reading?

Read Aloud Ideas Featuring Strong Women Protagonists

Strong women leaders provide great examples for our young girls. These book suggestions include strong women protagonists and are perfect for classroom instruction.

In honor of our election (whether you are a Hillary Clinton fan or not), it is important for the little girls in our classrooms to see and feel empowered by strong women. This day is a milestone day for the people in the United States, and I thought I'd share a collection of books that have strong female protagonists and/or books that showcase the lives of strong women. After all, it is because we have had strong women come before us that we are able to vote, we are able to work where and in the positions we choose, and we can be leaders in our workplace, with our children, and in our communities. You might consider these quotes that I've paired with great literature.


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