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Reading with Purpose

Even if you read aloud in your homeschool or classroom, don't get so caught up in the story that you forget to read with purpose.

Do you read with purpose?  Do you make sure your young students are reading with purpose?

Even if your littles are reading a book or a chapter every day, even if you’re reading aloud together, sometimes we get caught up in the story or a time crunch and forget to read with purpose.

Reading with purpose is easy to do, and it’s important for comprehension and memory retention.  And even though sometimes reading should be for the pure, glorious fun of it, sometimes we need to buckle down and pay close attention.
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3 Reading Printables and a Lit Board Game

Make their reading experience even more fun with 3 free printables and a Lit Board GameTo wrap up 10 Days of Summer Reading Activities, I’ve put together some fun reading printables for you.

Because I love ya.

Sometimes you just need a way to chart your child’s daily reading, keep track of the books he wants to read, or for gosh sake, find a bookmark.

So I got ya.
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How to Make a Character Time Capsule

Create memories with a Character Time Capsule from any book your kids are reading

Have you ever made a time capsule?

You know, you gather a bunch of memorabilia together, stuff that is important to you or speaks to who you are as a person, put it in a box, and bury it to be found later so people of the future will get you.

We did that for my senior class in high school.  Each member of the class put in one thing that represented him or her as a person and it got… buried?  I don’t know.  Total transparency, I think I skipped that day.

Hey, it was the last week of senior year and I was an honor roll student.  I deserved a break.

Well, my delinquent shenanigans aside, I have a very cool idea today for making reading fun.
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Take a Journey with a Reading Passport

A reading passport is a fun way for kids to keep track of books they've read. Create one of your own with this free printable.

If you don’t know me by now (sing it with me, 80s babies), let’s get one thing straight.

There are two things I love about reading books.

One is that they are a pleasant way to educate yourself without falling asleep over a textbook.

The other?  That’s the magic, my friends.  When I fall into a good book (and my most recent are The Colorado Kid by Stephen King and All Quiet On the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque), I get to go somewhere else.  With King I got to go to the Maine seacoast and listen to two quirky gentlemen tell a very eerie story.  Without Remarque, I would never have any idea what it was truly like to be a soldier in World War I.

That’s the stuff.
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