Monthly Archives: May 2009

A powerful literacy tool: For the first 10 years, you’re the smartest person your child knows.

WOW! Take your child where writers go…living life and then TALKing to WRITE aloud from those very life experiences! Continue reading

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Talking about the future to build respect in the present.

WOW! THINK and TALK about each of the many roles you and your child are playing as you experience life…and additional roles each of you might fill one day in the future. Continue reading

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To improve reading and writing, give the ears and tongue a good workout first.

Give your child a boost toward reading and writing success: Share an alliterative poem to immerse those ears and tongue in a sound of language before eyes are expected to read and hands are expected to write the letter(s) that represents that sound. Continue reading

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A conversation-starter that works with kids of any age.

Ask your child of any age: “When you grow up, who will you be?” Continue reading

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Before you twist children’s tongues, grab their ears.

Learning to read and write can be a whole lot easier. Help your child “work out” those ears and tongue with alliterative rhymes! Continue reading

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How my difficult last name helped a precocious 7-year-old’s wish come true.

Sing about the colors of a rainbow while making connections across the country. Continue reading

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Why it’s good for your child to go off-script while reading. (Be sure to take notes.)

THINK of a story that happened to you. Then tell your child that story right out of your own life experience. Your child is listening! Continue reading

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Why reading every night doesn’t have to mean a different book every night.

What does it mean at read-aloud time when she just makes up words for the story? Continue reading

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How to read aloud without a book in hand.

WOW! TALK a favorite book’s language to manage behavior! Continue reading

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How to punt — and score one for literacy — when you can’t find your child’s favorite book.

How do I read aloud when we don’t have the book in hand? Continue reading

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