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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Materials I used to help my kids read

Here are some of the books I read about learning how to read; and DVDs I borrowed from our local library that taught my kids the alphabet and letter sounds. I will be posting more in the near future.

 And here is our little learning corner. You don't need a whole lot of items to start your own learning or reading corner. All you need is a little imagination and start with what you have.

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Importance of Reading to Your Baby

As reported by CNN, Linda Ciampa tells us pediatricians are encouraging parents to turn off the screens and read to their newborns - beginning in infancy. I might have overdone this because both my kids are bookworms since they started reading in kindergarten.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Check this Out!

This Reading Mama.

This website is a great resource for teaching your kids to read. This Reading Mama ( also has free printables. I have used her materials for my son.

You may view her website here

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Phonological and phonemic awareness

What is phonological and phonemic awareness?

According to Ms. Anna Geiger, of The Measured Mom, "phonological awareness is different than phonics because it’s about sounds and not letters. Children can develop phonological awareness with their eyes closed."

Here  is my 6-year old son's favorite rhyming book:

Ms. Geiger also wrote: 

Phonological awareness includes:
  • understanding of word
  • rhyming ability
  • understanding syllables
  • phonemic awareness

Anna Geiger shared more on her site The Measured Mom. Click here to read the entire article.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Five Early Literacy Practices for Children by Herrick Library

Here is a short video on how to help your young children develop skills and love for reading. The video was sponsored by our local library here in Michigan.