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Creating Confident Learners

Why is Reading Out Loud Important For Kids?

Remember back when you were in grade school and there was a time after lunch when your teacher would pull out a chapter book and read aloud to your class? As a child, it was my favourite part of the school day. After recess and lunch of course, those are pretty hard to beat!
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How to Encourage and Grow a Love of Reading

Our children sometimes face experiences where they are not able to able to make choices. School systems for example, make decisions on what literature our children will be exposed to with sometimes mixed reviews. Growing a love for reading starts with showing your children how reading is part of your everyday life. Modeling the behaviour you want your children to display goes a long way in influencing their actions. Also, thinking of new and creative ways to add reading into your family’s life encourages connections that will continue to affect your child’s academic ability. 

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From “Learning to Read” to “Reading to Learn”: Exploring The Fourth Grade Reading Slump

You may have heard of a phenomenon in the education world known as the “fourth grade reading slump”. This refers to when students, who seemed to have previously been on par with their peers, begin to lag in their reading progression around the fourth grade. It’s a real issue that has been shown to negatively impact children’s later academic success across content areas, so it’s one to be wary of if you have any (soon-to-be) school-aged children. 

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Anna and Otis Reading Comprehension Activity

One of the best ways to engage little readers on a cold, blustery day is to work on their reading comprehension. By picking out a good book that sparks their interest, and incorporating a few questions about the content, you will start to see the wheels turning and your child think more critically about what they’re reading.

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Winter Reading Activity For Kids

Winter is finally here! Though some of the days might seem cold and dreary, it’s also a great time to spend reading your favourite books! One way to work on reading at home and to build comprehension is to do a book comparison activity. The wonderful thing about winter themed books is that they often include magical descriptions, which play to the five senses. We’ve selected three of our favourite winter themed books and included a downloadable worksheet. The worksheet allows readers to connect the story in the book with the five senses- sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. Feel free to get creative! The final product can be communicated using art as a medium- cookies, poster, pictures, words, a song – whatever makes it fun for each person.

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9 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Social Wellbeing

When it comes to your child’s success in school, their sense of belonging and social wellbeing is just as important as their academics. In fact, succeeding socially can be a huge part of why a child succeeds academically. 

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Self-Care During the Holidays

The holidays can be a really stressful time for you and yours. There are end-of-term recitals, hockey tournaments, swimming wrap-ups, school concerts, bake sales, fundraisers, and endless holiday events, on top of the added stress and anxiety that can come with family obligations and pressures at this time of year (did anyone else get palpitations just reading through that list?!). Then, on top of all of that, we’re being bombarded with images of how perfect our holidays are “supposed to” look from social media, Pinterest, and all the cutest new Netflix and Hallmark Channel holiday specials (and like, we know they’re not good, but they’re weirdly addictive!). Not to mention the added financial demands! It’s a lot, and being a parent or caregiver is already a lot. Regardless of what you celebrate, chances are that you and your littles are feeling a variety of all the stress, anxiety, excitement, exhaustion, and pressure that comes with all of the above. Even though it may seem impossible during this busy season, this, of all times, is when you need to make sure you and your kiddos are getting in some self-care.

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How to be a Reading Role Model

Ways and Ideas to Lead by Example to Develop a Love of Reading in Your Household

All parents can relate to hearing the collective groans of their children as mom or...

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11 Holiday Books For Kids

The holiday season is upon us and we’re definitely looking forward to all of the treats, festivities, and traditions that this time of year brings. As a teacher, I love the opportunity to learn and share with my students some of the unique ways that different cultures celebrate during this time of year. We’ve rounded up 11 of our favourite holiday books for kids that cover a variety of holidays celebrated in the winter months, including Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice, HumanLight Day, Las Posadas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Chinese New Year. We hope you get a chance to read one (or all!) of these great books this season with your kids!
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