Cursive – The Process Not the Product

Nov 8th, 2015 | By

I remember being introduced to cursive in the second grade. Miss Giarrdi, my second grade teacher at Marie Schaeffer Elementary, taught me with pride how to embellish the letters of the alphabet with beautiful flairs and flourishes. Then, blend letters into complete words. To this day people remark on how beautiful handwriting is. Today many

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Eight Multi-Sensory Reading Activities To Reinforce The Alphabet Knowledge

Oct 13th, 2015 | By

Children and adults who are dyslexic learn differently. That’s why it’s necessary for parents and teachers to provide reading instruction using multi-sensory techniques. Multi-sensory reading methods engage all the senses sent to the brain; visual, auditory, touch and muscle movements, when introducing the twenty-six letter names of the alphabet, their correct pronunciation and how to print

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Reading Activity – Improving Speed and Accuracy with “Repeated Readings”

Jun 18th, 2013 | By

Every good reader must read quickly with accuracy. Struggling readers need to improve both of these skills. An activity designed to achieve speed and accuracy, while motivating students is called “Repeated Readings”. What You’ll Need: – A Stop Watch – A written passage your child or student can read easily – Graph Paper The reading

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How to Read Aloud to Children – Reading Activity

Mar 5th, 2013 | By

Reading a story aloud to your children or students may seem like a straightforward activity. However, including the following critical steps reveals to children why reading is enjoyable, teaches them specific elements found in stories, and helps them develop good story comprehension. Follow these easy steps to help kids get the most out reading aloud

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Another Random Act Of Publicity

Sep 5th, 2012 | By

Random Acts of Publicity Week was created by Darcy Pattison (, writing teacher and author of Prairie Storms ( , as a way to help create an atmosphere of fun and collaboration in marketing books. It occurs each September, the four days following Labor Day. Today I’m providing another random act of publicity for Donna

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In Memoriam D-Day June 6 1944

Jun 6th, 2012 | By

The official site of The National D-Day Memorial is located in Bedford, Virginia. This town suffered some of the highest D-Day casualties in the nation. The National D-Day Memorial honors the Allied forces that participated in the invasion of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944, during World War II. This memorial is surrounded by the

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Celebrate Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee

Jun 3rd, 2012 | By

The Diamond Jubilee is a four day celebration marking the 60th year of Queen’s Elizabeth II reign. After her father’s death in 1952 Queen Elizabeth ascended the English throne. Then just Princess Elizabeth she was crowned in WestMinister Abbey in London, England. Her Coronation took place on the 2nd of June 1953. Watch Queen Elizabeth’s

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Memorial Day – In Honor of My Parents

May 28th, 2012 | By

My father and mother were both in the Air Force. My father was a First Lieutenant and my mother a Second Lieutenant. Both were stationed at McCord Air Force Base in Washington state. They met there, subsequently married then had had five children. They are both now buried next to each other in my mother’s

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Happy Mother’s Day

May 11th, 2012 | By

The idea for a “Mother’s Day” is attributed by many to Julia Ward Howe, who lived during the late 1870s. Although, several historians believe Anna Jarvis who lived at the turn of the twentieth century should be given credit for this day, which honors mothers. However, it is agreed both these ladies wanted a holiday

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Children’s Book Week – May 7-13

May 7th, 2012 | By

Children’s Book Week was established in 1919 and is one of the longest-running literacy initiative in the country. Each year books for young people and the joy of reading are celebrated. And, a week long event that showcases authors, illustrators and storytellers. With, special parties and other book-related events held at schools, libraries, bookstores, museums,

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