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Chucking the Reading Level

Chucking the reading level can help your child learn to love to read organically

I’ve often said I’m not about reading levels for kids.  I think too much stress is put on reading levels in public schools, and it spills over into other types of schooling.  I’ve seen it it kill any love for books kids might develop.  Reading is such a personal act, and learning it should be as organic as it can be.

When my boys were little, we could often be found curled up with a stack of picture books on  the floor, reading through them one at a time and exclaiming over the pictures, studying the letters, discussing the sentence structure.  But at bedtime, even when they were toddlers, I snuggled up with them and read them a chapter from a chapter book.  Harry Potter The Key to RondoThe Narnia seriesThe Guardians of Ga’HooleA Series of Unfortunate Events.

Why?  Because stories expand our minds, and I wanted my boys to learn early how to let that happen without pictures.  Even I was surprised by how quietly they settled down and focused on the chapter each night, closing their eyes and letting my voice lull them.  I wasn’t at all surprised by the vocabulary they picked up, the way their imaginations swelled to include new knowledge, or their high-level ability to understand complex situations at an early age.  That’s what reading above your ‘reading level’ does for you.
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4 Simple Steps to Teaching Literary Theme

These 4 steps will have you teaching literary theme like a boss and your kids finally understanding how to find the theme of any novel.

Theme.  It’s probably the one word that terrifies readers and students more than any other.

Which is funny, because it’s pretty easy to spot.

I mean, every time we read a book, we know at the end what big lesson was learned by the protagonist, even if we can’t put it into words.

It’s more a feeling. That’s kinda the point.
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Story Time: EMT Morales-Clamshell Stretcher

Language, science, crafts, and snack activities for a Story Time featuring EMT workers in EMT Morales-Clamshell Stretcher

Oh, my friends, I have a new Glad to Do It! book for you this week, and I’m excited to tell you that this one comes with a giveaway!

I’m co-hosting a giveaway of 4 Glad to Do It! books along with my friends Lisa from Homeschool Insights and Joanne from Our Unschooling Journey.  The cool part?  When you include today’s Story Time, the giveaway is for all 4 of the J2B books for which I’ve created activities.  You can read Lisa’s entire post about the books here.

Are you pumped?  I am!  Let’s get to it!
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Story Time: Leaf Man (With Amazing Free Printables!)

Story Time: Leaf Man includes 29 pages of free printables, language, science, and craft activities, and a snack recipe for Apple Cider Biscuits

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert is one of my favorite-ist picture books ever.  Although it is an autumn book, it can be uses for leaf observation at any time of year.

The sweet story of the Leaf Man’s journey always makes me happy, and I’ve never met a kid who didn’t feel the same way.

When I worked at the library, I created a story time for the library a couple times with this book.  It lends itself so well to crafts and projects.

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