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Rhyming Helps Teach RhythmApr 3, 2017

Rhyming teaches children how language works and brings awareness to how words sound.  Rhyming is important for writing, too.  It can help children understand that words that share common sounds often share common letters.  For example, the rhyming words cat and bat both end with –at.

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Asking the Right Questions in the Right Way Helps Your Child’s DevelopmentMar 20, 2017

Take advantage of books with beautiful illustrations and ask questions that let your child reply with longer sentences.  Instead of asking “What’s this?” “What color is it?” “Is this a dog or a cat?”, ask things like: “Tell me what’s happening in this picture” or “What are some of the things that this boy could […]

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The Development of Listening Skills Critical to ReadingMar 6, 2017

As children begin to read, they need to learn to identify the sounds that make up words.  This process will lead to phonemic awareness and decoding skills when they go to school.  To help your toddler and preschooler get ready to read, help them identify sounds they hear in the environment.  Choose a time where […]

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Early Reading Enhances Chances for SuccessFeb 27, 2017

Did you know that reading well by 3rd grade determines academic success as well as income later in life?  Help your child do well in school by looking at books and reading together from the time he or she is born.  

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Words are the building blocks of learningFeb 23, 2017

Did you know that children from low-income families enter kindergarten with 3,000 words while children from middle-income families know 20,000?  This will determine how well they learn how to read, so look at books together and talk about the characters, colors, and places you both see.  

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