Coded Messages and More Literacy Fun for Kids

Making coded messages is one of my favorite ways for kids to practice early literacy! Five-year-old Lily came up with this fun coded message game. She writes only part of each letter, and it is my job to figure out what the message will say when she fills in the missing spaces. Sometimes I get […]

Encouraging Literacy with the Amazon Kindle

Books are important in our family! We have a pretty nice home library of physical books, and we borrow two or three dozen more from our public library every week. Seven-year-old Johnny is reading plenty well for chapter books, but he has mostly stuck to short books that he can read in one sitting, because […]

Read-Aloud Books Your Kids Will LOVE

Did you know that today is World Read Aloud Day? I thought it would be fun to celebrate with some of our favorite read-aloud books – particularly some you may not have heard of – as well as some tips for reading longer chapter books together. Great Picture Books to Read Aloud Press Here is […]

Celebrate Books with a Reading Fort Party!

I LOVE books, and so do my kids! Today I’m happy to write about yet another way you can raise kids who love books: by hosting a reading fort party! I got the idea from the lovely folks at Scholastic and EVEREADY®, who are sponsoring this post. We sometimes let the kids read books in […]

A Fun Way to Learn Letters and Spelling

My kids love using sand on trays to learn letters and spelling, and they recently discovered that chopsticks make excellent writing utensils! Eight-year-old Emma enjoys writing out her spelling words this way, while six-year-old Johnny and five-year-old Lily enjoy practicing their handwriting. Even two-year-old Anna enjoys practicing her fine motor skills with a chopstick in […]