Language Arts

Language Can Change the World: A Lesson for Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King day is here again; and if your children are past elementary age, you're probably looking for a new and more challenging way to acknowlege this important event.  The Self-Evident Truth book series from Royal Fireworks Press explores a concept Dr. King knew well: language can change the world!

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What the heck is NaNoWriMo?!

In case you've never heard of it, November is National Novel Writing Month. If your children (or you!) are budding writers, sign up and get a month of encouragement and inspiration from fellow writers all over the world. When you register, you set a word count goal and work toward meeting that goal during the month. You can read pep talks from published writers; connect with other participants through forums and online events; and find articles, questionnaires and other resources to help you through rough spots.

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Launch Your Reader with Reading Rockets

The last of my featured resources for "Get Caught Reading" month is Reading Rockets. This website comes from a non-profit organization sponsored by Public Television, and includes a wealth of information on teaching children to read.  

A large section of the website is devoted to struggling readers, so this is a great place to begin research if your child is having difficulty with reading.  There is an assessment system called "Target the Problem", and hundreds of articles with research, information and ideas.

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Develop Reading Fluency with All About Reading

Continuing with the theme of "Get Caught Reading" month, this week's resource is All About Reading.  This complete, multi-sensory reading program was written by a homeschooling mom.  The five levels of the program (pre-reading, and levels 1 through 4) provide several years of instruction in phonics and reading comprehension.  Placement tests are available to help you find the appropriate level for your child.

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Celebrate Poetry month with Shel Silverstein

Since April is poetry month, it's a good time to look at Shel Silverstein's website.  

As expected, the site has information about the author and all his books.  There are 50th anniversary editions of several of the books.  This would be a great time to pull out your copies of "The Giving Tree" or "Where the Sidewalk Ends" (or buy new ones!) and share them with your kids.

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