Picture Books as Reading Books: 3rd-5th Grade Level

As I was considering which chapter books would work best as readers for my daughter this school year, I decided to go a different direction.  There are so many great picture books that are designed to be read aloud by an adult that would work just as well.  I went…

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Reading and the Visual Spatial Learner

    The journey into reading has been a bit unusual for my visual-spatial learners and I’ve learned some lessons along the way.  I don’t know if there is a “typical” visual-spatial learner, but Linda Silverman sums it up quite well with this: “The visual spatial learner thrives on complexity,…

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Free Dick and Jane Reading Books

  In the process of teaching reading, I’ve stumbled around once my child completed a set of early phonics readers.  I’ve tried several things and wasn’t happy with many phonics-based readers and other readers tended to rely mostly on sight words.  So many phonics-based readers were incredibly boring and my…

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Reading Aloud to a Visual Spatial Learner – Improving Listening Skills

As a parent I had envisioned times where my son and I could cuddle together and enjoy books.  From the time my son was small, he would run around and play and interact with other things around him as I attempted to read aloud.  Some kids have the ability to…

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Teaching a Kid How to Read

Now that I’m teaching reading for the third time I think I’m getting the hang of it.  Way back in my early years in college I took a class on how to teach kids how to read.  I’m not sure why I took it since I had no interest in…

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Alphabet World – Combining Early Reading Skills with Play

My daughter and I have had a bit of fun playing Alphabet World.  Basically I get out our Melissa & Doug Upper & Lower Case Alphabet Puzzle along with my daughter’s stash of mini-figures.  She loves her little figures and has been known to play with them for hours.  My goal…

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