What Should Kids Know Before Kindergarten?

Kindergarten is an exciting step towards growing independence! As the first day of school approaches, your child should be able to do a few things on their own without much prompting or assistance. To learn what your kids should know before kindergarten, keep reading! We’ve made a shortlist below but remember asking for help is…

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Writing Help for Elementary Students

Back in school, you probably had some moments where you just did not feel like writing — the topic wasn’t interesting, you didn’t like poetry, or you just felt intimidated by the blank white page. Your child probably feels the same way at times. That’s why we developed a list of tips, tools, and free…

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What is the Theme of a Story?

It’s easy to define “theme” but just knowing its definition doesn’t mean it’s easy to figure out what the theme is in a story! The theme of a story is the story’s central point. But what does that mean exactly? Let’s take a look at what a theme is and how you can find it…

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What is the Most Important Factor in Improving Reading Skills?

Improving reading skills If you’re a parent, you want your child to build strong reading skills. Of course! You know that reading is the foundation for every other subject taught in school. You know that when reading doesn’t come easily, then the comprehension needed to grasp other subjects like math, history, geography and science remains…

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What is Realistic Fiction?

Have you ever read a book and thought, “that sounds like something that actually happened!”. Realistic fiction isn’t a story from real life but it sure can seem that way because it’s so believable. If you are reading a book and you aren’t sure if it falls into this genre, let’s take a closer look…

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What is Reading Fluency?

If you’re the parent of a child who is in the early grades at school, then you’ve probably heard his teacher talk about reading fluency. Now you have questions. Just what is reading fluency? Why is it important? How does his ability to read fluently affect my child at school? These are important questions. Knowing…

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What is Phonological Awareness?

If you have a child struggling with “phonological awareness”, you may be wondering what that means. “Phonological awareness” is a complicated phrase and can be difficult to understand. You can look up a definition but in all reality, the best way to understand this phrase is by breaking it down, piece by piece. A Crash…

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What is Inference in Reading?

What is an inference? Making inferences. We do it all the time. But, what exactly is an inference in reading? It simply means we make a guess about something based on the information we have at hand. All the information may not be available. Every little detail may not be completely clear. But, we can…

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What is Phonemic Awareness?

Phonemic awareness is the ability to understand that language is made up of individual sounds, known as phonemes.  Phonemes are the smallest unit of spoken language. For example, phonemic awareness allows you to hear four individual sounds /f/ /r/ /ŏ/ /g/ and know that the word is fish. A person with phonemic awareness is also…

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What is Close Reading?

Close reading is a relatively new concept that’s been introduced in K-12 classrooms. It sounds like the simple practice of closely reading a text for understanding, but close reading techniques students learn in the classroom are slightly more complex, and much more enriching. Read on for: What is close reading, exactly? Close reading is a…

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