Monthly Archives: July 2009

How I helped a 7-year-old find dessert in an eat-your-spinach world.

Long ago, I found that serving desserts to kids works every time. Even when those desserts are of the word and poem and story and book ilk. Those desserts quickly move kids into an “I wanna read!” mode.
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How I explain to kids that I’m a stripper: With a poem, of course.

Why I tell kids about my work as a stripper to teach a bit of phonics and a prefix…and to share all my ins and outs of writing. Continue reading

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The story behind my Kids’ Café™: It all started with a little pat on the back.

She did it. She did it, I think, because I’d asked. And I think she did it because she recognized that she had, in fact, been doing something really important for her child now and for his future. Continue reading

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One word that proves your child is listening to you, loud and clear.

What kind of shy is it when a child acts on a stated expectation of the parent or caregiver? If one throws out the label, shy, does it then become a habit for the adult…and child? Ah! Awareness…and a tip to build child’s self-confidence! Continue reading

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How to put kids’ natural love of word play to work for phonics.

Learning to hear word parts, separate those parts, and then put them back together is an all-important reading-readiness skill. Yep, it’s one of the skills that helps children make sense of phonics in order to learn to read. Continue reading

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How I used a song to turn a toddler’s slouch into a stride.

When your child decides it’s time to slouch, just stand tall and Someone will follow suit. Here’s how to make that happen! Continue reading

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