4 Resources for Teaching Essential Reading Skills

Direct instruction from a reading teacher is one way kids learn to read. Informal learning from parents and caregivers is another way. In fact, research has shown that this informal instruction is pivotal to ensuring kids have the basic skills they need to actually learn to read once they are in school with a teacher […]

6 Tips for Starting Your Own Father-Daughter Book Club

My daughter and I are reading the same book. It happened completely by accident. She had a book. She left it lying on the kitchen counter. I spilled grape juice on it. While I was cleaning it up, I happened to read a few lines of the book and suddenly I was hooked. I must […]

5 Ways to Encourage Your Child’s Passions Through Reading

Every kid has something they love and are passionate about. It might be sports or music or chess or computers or art or cooking or whatever. And while not every kid loves to read, here are some great ways to use books or magazines to encourage whatever passion your child does have while also boosting […]

YOU, Yes, YOU Should Read to Your Children

Two separate articles came through my inbox during the past few days. The first was the announcement of a new piece of technology called Aristotle which supposedly can understand the speech of very young children, allowing it to answer their questions and play simple games. The device will even read the child a bedtime stories, […]

What We Learn From Nature

Go outside. Look around. What do you see? A robin? A squirrel? A honeybee? A parade of busy ants beneath a shady tree?   What can our little outdoor friends teach us? What can we learn from them? What lessons await us at every turn?   The robin is busy collecting sticks and straw and […]

Unique Gift Ideas for Kids That Last

As kids get older, it’s harder and harder to buy them unique gifts they can enjoy well beyond the day they receive them.  As each celebration approaches, my kids request gift cards or money as their gift. While I understand why they ask for money and/or gifts cards, I also like to surprise them with […]

What Makes a Great Magazine for a Toddler?

If you are in the market for a magazine for your toddler, you certainly have plenty of choices ranging from bland and boring “educational” titles to over the top, ad-riddled nonsense. Today’s blog will discuss how to cut through the noise and discover a magazine with the ability to both delight and entertain your toddler. […]

Predicting Your Future

What if you had a crystal ball that you could look into to see your future?   You do.   It’s YOU! You are your own crystal ball.   In his play “The Tempest,” William Shakespeare wrote, “What is past is prologue.” That means that all we need do to predict our future is to […]

Magazines Make a Big Impact in the Classroom

By Sue Gagliardi   Looking for a fun and engaging resource to bring literacy to life in your classroom?  Try children’s magazines! Magazines are a wonderful supplement to classroom instruction. Students are exposed to a wide variety of texts and lots of interactive content. From stories, poems, and action rhymes to nonfiction, crafts, puzzles, and […]