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Reading chapter books aloud: When, Why, and What

Reading chapter books aloud: When, Why, and What

You go from board books, to simple picture books, to more complicated picture books, and then…
Raising Strong Readers: All hands on deck (Notes from a reading specialist)

Raising Strong Readers: All hands on deck (Notes from a reading specialist)

Yet another nervous and confused parent walked into my life recently. It’s part of the reading…
The importance of early learning: Building a strong foundation for lifelong learning

The importance of early learning: Building a strong foundation for lifelong learning

Learning to read begins long before children enter school. That’s because children need to build crucial…
The power of parent-child conversations

The power of parent-child conversations

As parents, we think about loving and responding to our babies and little ones, and we…
Another reason to read a chapter book aloud

Another reason to read a chapter book aloud

It’s vacation time for a lot of families, and that means there’s a chance to dive…
Misreading and skipping words: A great question from a first grade mom

Misreading and skipping words: A great question from a first grade mom

I had the pleasure of presenting to some engaged and eager parents recently, and one of…
Using flashcards to teach your kids sight words?

Using flashcards to teach your kids sight words?

At a recent parent meeting, one mother asked if she should use flashcards to teach her…
10 facts about learning to read that most parents don’t know

10 facts about learning to read that most parents don’t know

There are three types of skills children need to become strong reader. Most people think it is just about learning letters and…
Holiday gift ideas: Buy books this holiday season!

Holiday gift ideas: Buy books this holiday season!

What you give your children says something to them. So when you are buying gifts for…
Reading motivation: Why doesn’t my child just pick up a book and read?

Reading motivation: Why doesn’t my child just pick up a book and read?

When I talk with parents of children beyond kindergarten, the same question often comes up: “My…
Going digital (part 2): Reading with children — e-books or print books?

Going digital (part 2): Reading with children — e-books or print books?

Full disclosure: as a rule, I am a print-book fan. But I know there are some…
Going digital (part 1) : Digital versus paper reading – where and how do we understand best?

Going digital (part 1) : Digital versus paper reading – where and how do we understand best?

Digital books and reading experiences are everywhere: we read the news on our laptops, articles on…
Why does reading to your child make a difference in his own reading success?

Why does reading to your child make a difference in his own reading success?

Next time you settle down to read with your child (of any age), feel good about the fact…
Reading Fundamentals: A Guide to Providing a Solid Foundation (e.g. Yertle the Turtle)

Reading Fundamentals: A Guide to Providing a Solid Foundation (e.g. Yertle the Turtle)

Most of us know reading is fundamental to a child’s future success, but many parents aren’t…
The problem with limiting children’s library book choices based on reading levels

The problem with limiting children’s library book choices based on reading levels

Maria, a second grader, stands in front of the shelves during library time, trying to choose…
Reading levels: quick answers to parents’ top questions

Reading levels: quick answers to parents’ top questions

In many schools, children are tested to determine their reading levels, and teachers use that reading-level…
Reading levels: What do parents of 1st-3rd graders need to know?

Reading levels: What do parents of 1st-3rd graders need to know?

The new school year has begun, and for many parents of early readers (grades 1-3), that…
HARD WORDS: a compelling podcast on why many kids can’t read well

HARD WORDS: a compelling podcast on why many kids can’t read well

This week, a podcast came out that is most definitely worth sharing: it’s called Hard Words: Why…
The WHY and HOW of new fall routines

The WHY and HOW of new fall routines

As the new school year begins, families everywhere are setting new routines that will make mornings…
A plan for growing your child’s vocabulary

A plan for growing your child’s vocabulary

It makes sense that vocabulary is important for reading success: if a child doesn’t know or…
Building knowledge through everyday conversations

Building knowledge through everyday conversations

At this point in the summer, you might be wondering whether your early elementary-school child has…
Making screen time count: a new book gives parents guidance

Making screen time count: a new book gives parents guidance

Even reading teachers know that children can learn reading-related skills through shows and videos, not only…
August checklist for parents of early readers

August checklist for parents of early readers

It’s August, and that means there’s only about a month left before school starts. How did…
It does take a village: how one family shares the reading task and increases reading energy

It does take a village: how one family shares the reading task and increases reading energy

When interviewing Pavan, an Abound dad we highlighted in a recent blog, we noticed that in…
Summer reading or bust: When school requirements start to spoil days at the beach

Summer reading or bust: When school requirements start to spoil days at the beach

For families with kids in school, there is something about mid-July that has to be savored.…
Summer reading: mixing it up (part 2)

Summer reading: mixing it up (part 2)

Changing the book inventory: Mixing up the reading routine this summer (part 2) By now, most…
Promoting reading skills while wearing flip-flops: Mixing up the routine this summer (part 1)

Promoting reading skills while wearing flip-flops: Mixing up the routine this summer (part 1)

To keep things fresh and generate excitement around books, we all know it takes a commitment…
Talk at home? The language research take-aways for families

Talk at home? The language research take-aways for families

It’s not often that educational research becomes part of the public discussion, but the 1992 Hart &…
Summer reading program? A family decides.

Summer reading program? A family decides.

At a parent presentation this week, a mom explained that her son’s kindergarten teacher recently sent…
Is there a right way for schools to teach children to read?

Is there a right way for schools to teach children to read?

Twenty years ago, there were lots of disagreements on how best to teach children to read.…