It's July, and there are still lots of long summer days for kids to pack in reading, listening, and learning. Dip into our mid-summer resources!
A librarian shares his strategy of using nonfiction picture books to introduce new concepts to struggling adolescent readers and to build their background knowledge. Once kids have been exposed to academic content in easy reading material, they are more confident in making the transition to textbooks.
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Parents can do a lot to encourage higher order thinking (HOT) — thinking on a level beyond just memorizing facts or re-telling something exactly the way it was told to you. Here are some strategies to encourage complex thinking, including seven different ways to answer kids' questions in a way that promotes HOT. You can do this during family trips, around the campfire, at the baseball game
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Audiobooks can introduce kids to books above their reading level; model good interpretive reading, teach critical listening, highlight the humor in books, introduce new genres and so much more.
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This Parents' Choice Gold Award-winning mobile app gives teachers and parents instant and unlimited access to over 1,500 audio stories at home, in the car or on the go. Stories include favorites like Clifford and Curious George, popular series such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Ivy and Bean or How to Train Your Dragon, and even classics like Treasure Island and Swiss Family Robinson.
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Summer is a great time to practice fluency skills while having fun. Try “buddy” reading with your child, or round up some neighborhood kids and stage a Reader's Theater event. And don't forget the audio books — a wonderful way to expose kids to beautifully fluent reading. We even have a few ideas for how to create your own audio books.
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Need help coming up with ideas to keep your child's reading and writing skills improving over the summer? Sign up for Reading Tips to Go and get awesome activity ideas sent right to your phone. You'll receive 2-3 text messages per week, all summer long! Also available in Spanish.
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The Connected Learning Alliance is hosting two free online courses for teens:
Classroom presentations encourage purposeful speaking and engaged listening. When students give a presentation, they demonstrate content knowledge and they exercise skills in writing with purpose and for an audience — skills that are useful across content areas. Presentations are very student-directed, offer kids multiple means of expression, develop skills across formats and support varied learners. See how one 6th grade teacher helps her students use technology to develop engaging presentations about earthquakes and tectonic plates as part of an earth science unit. [CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1-6]
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Watch an IEP team in action, find out what the brain reveals about dyslexia — and meet Ben, a young student who may be dyslexic, but he's also a published author! Watch these clips and more, excerpted from Adventures in Summer Learning, Reading and the Brain, A Chance to Read, Empowering Parents and Reading Rocks! — all episodes from the award-winning Reading Rockets' series Launching Young Readers.
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My 14 year old daughter struggles with math. We have tried several things, but she does not seem to retain the information. She enjoys games on the computer and likes technology. We would love to help her over the summer but aren't sure where to start! We are wondering are there any technology programs, or tools, that you think would help her math skills?
Since your daughter will be using these programs over the summer, and she enjoys games, it's a great idea to combine fun activities with learning and skill building! There are many online math programs, games, tutorials, and lesson available, so it can be a challenge to find these most appropriate ones for your child. If you know what specific areas your daughter is struggling with, that can help to narrow your search (i.e., search for games that teach fractions).
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My son has been diagnosed with dyslexia (mild). He is 12 and still can barely read. He has reasonable math skills. He is very sports oriented. Please advise as to what to do.
Let's start with who diagnosed him with dyslexia and how long ago. (It may have been seen as mild when done; however, he is now several years older.) This person should advise you about specific needs. If he has dyslexia and can barely read, he has more than a "mild" disorder. The treatment is to work with professionals who are trained and skilled in helping students with dyslexia (often called learning disabilities specialists).
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