Category: Reading

More Book Recommendations

Here is a list of books that I highly recommend.  I am grouping them by reading level.  Do not frustrate young readers by forcing them to read books at their school grade level if they aren’t ready.  Good readers grow…

Summer Reading

I always like to recommend some books for summer reading and this summer is no exception.  Instead of a list, I thought I would do longer posts about really special books.   The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg…

More Middle Grades Summer Reading

Here are some great ideas for summer reading for the middle grades. First is the classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.  This is the author who invented futuristic writing.  As the story begins, a mysterious sea monster…

Summer reading again

Did you ever think about how to get a student interested in poetry?  Sometimes, it's a tough sell.  This book of poetry is a great starter for students in grades 2-5.  The poems are about every day things and help…

Getting ready for summer reading?

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia is a great choice for readers in grades 5-9.  It takes place during the civil rights era of the mid to late 1960s.  The narrator is an eleven year old girl who is responsible…

Winnie-the-Pooh

Alan Alexander Milne (A.A. Milne) was a dedicated father.  He spent many wonderful hours with his son Christopher.  Like most dads, he loved telling his son bedtime stories.   He used his son's stuffed animals as characters in his stories.   In…

Fahrenheit 451??

This cartoon reminded me so much of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.  I couldn't resist sharing it.  It is meant to be funny, but the truth of it is frightening. 

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!

  This is for funzies.  Just oodles and onezies.  The first books we read and read and read.   Just before bed and bed and bed.  Till we were red and red and red.  Check out the website for fun and…

March is National Poetry Month

Write a Haiku!!  It's easy!  It doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to meet syllable requirements.  TRY IT!! It's fun!   First line is 5 syllables, second line is 7 syllables and last line is 5 syllables.  It…

Misplaced Prepositional Phrases

Many people think the writing section of the SAT is only the essay, but that couldn't be further from the truth.  The essay is small part of the writing section.  Recognizing and correcting misplaced prepositional phrases is one of the…

Picture Books

When reading with your children, be sure to point out the pictures and ask them to tell a story with the picture. This helps young readers learn main idea and details. It also starts the process of predicting outcomes, which…

More about Judy Blume

I have posted about Judy Blume before. She is a prolific author of literature for young people and even a few for adults. National Public Radio did a great story on her recently. Some of the article is about censorship.…

Why do homework?

The movie “Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines” is about about a race from London to Paris in 1910. In the movie a German officer reads a book in order to learn how to fly. It doesn’t work too…