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  1. Sight Word Activities: Fun Ways To Help Kids Learn To Read and Write

    By Lindsay Barrett If you have an early reader and writer in your life, you’ve likely heard of “sight words.” What are they, why do kids need to learn them, and how can you help without inciting groans of boredom? Here are the basics you need to know, and a handy list of fun practice activities that will have kids too busy moving and creating …

  2. Learn At Home With A Harry Potter Vocabulary Challenge For Kids

    With schools closed across the country, plenty of newly homeschooling parents are taking advantage of the chance to read more with their kids. That means the Harry Potter books and movies are both seeing a lot more usage this month. Whether you’re a reading family or a movie-watching family or maybe doing a bit of both, here’s a twist on our Disney Movie Word Challenge …

  3. Dictionary.com’s Learning At Home Center

    Welcome to our teacher-reviewed, one-stop center for ELA learning resources for preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle school, and high school students while on break.   As we all prepare to self-isolate, shelter in place, quarantine, hunker down at home, the time for interacting with our kids is upon us. And the fact that many parents are still working [from home] doesn’t make engaging with our kids …

  4. How Kids Learn to Write, And How to Help Them Do It

    By Lindsay Barrett Children have lots of ideas. When they begin to communicate these ideas on paper, it’s a window into their thinking that’s both endearing and fascinating. Now, every child is unique, of course, but early writing usually progresses through recognizable stages: scribbling, pretend writing, and approximated spelling all lead up to the real thing. Here’s a rundown on what you’ll likely see between …

  5. Try This Disney Movie Word Challenge To Get Kids Learning & Moving

    If your television or tablet has been taken over by non-stop Disney movies, you’re not alone. Screen time is increasing in plenty of households as parents try to make do with schools closing while working from home. Before you start wringing your hands and getting down on yourself, we’ve got a little bit of good news: Kids’ minds don’t have to be frozen by all …

  6. Does The Million Word Gap Exist?

    By Lyndsey Gresehover As an English/Language Arts and Reading teacher and blogger for almost two decades, the word gap is a fretful phrase that I hear all too often in education. But the real question is … does it really exist? What is the word gap? This idea came from a study done in the 1990s by two psychologists, Betty Hart and Todd Risley, where …

  7. Activities To Help Your Kid Decode Words

    One of the foundational reading skills that most children learn in early elementary or primary school is how to decode words. While decode sounds like something spies do, decoding is actually the ability to see a written word and read it aloud. This process is often known familiarly as being able to sound out words when reading. Sound complicated? It’s not, we swear! Plus we’re …

  8. Words To Know When You’re Raising A Reader

  9. How To Help Early Readers With The Different Types Of Syllables And Vowels

    When they are learning to read, children are often taught about syllables first. Having a firm understanding of how many syllables appear in each word and how each of those syllables is pronounced makes the introduction to reading a little bit easier. If children know how to identify the syllables in a word, they can break longer multisyllabic words up into smaller, more manageable segments …

  10. Dictionary.com’s Winter Break Word Challenges For Kids

    Ah, winter break. That welcome respite from homework, early morning alarms, and packing lunches … well, for about the first four hours anyway. That’s generally when the kids’ cries of “I’m bored!” start echoing through the house, and you contemplate how long you can get away with sending them outside when the weather is something frightful. To stop those cries (or at least dampen them …

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