Reading Readiness and Pre-Reading Skills

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Ahhh Fall….  The cooler temps, crisp winds and falling leaves always remind me of the start of the school year. I loved this time of year when I was teaching.  I have to admit, I mainly loved it because it marked the start of the buying of all things school supplies.  I have a major soft spot for colorful notebooks, character shaped erasers and pencil cases with lots of useless cool compartments.  I grew up in the Lisa Frank and Trapper Keeper era, so it’s hardly my fault.

As a Kindergarten teacher, this time of year also signaled the start of parents questioning me about their child’s reading readiness. read more

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When and What to Read to Your Baby

Understanding when and what to read to your baby can be tricky.  Back in my teaching days, parents often asked me questions about reading aloud to their infants.  In particular, they wanted to know when they should start reading to their sweet little newborns.

“Right now,” I would tell them.

They would look at me puzzled and say, “Now? But he/she’s just a baby.”

“Exactly,” I would respond, “get started before she gets older!”

Why Should you Read to Babies?

Sometimes when I read to my kids, especially when they’re babies, I feel like they’re all… read more

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