Category Archives: Reading

Build a Kid’s Thesaurus with your Child to Encourage Vocabulary

I work with several kids to build their oral language skills that then relate to their writing skills. Research shows that oral vocabulary is linked to a child’s reading ability and certainly impacts their writing skills also. As kids progress … Continue reading

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Printing Letters in Preschool Helps Children Recognize Letters

There is so much going on in the field of neuroimaging research and the brain. In the August 11, 2008 issue of “Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists,” they cite research by Karin Harmin James, PhD, at Indiana University. “We … Continue reading

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More Halloween Books, Queen of Halloween, to Build Children’s Language Skills

Here’s a simple, sweet Halloween story, Queen of Halloween by Mary Engelbreit, that can be used for the younger set to prepare them for that exciting but potentially scary night of trick or treating. Parents of children with special needs … Continue reading

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Clever Preschool Website to Teach Kids the Alphabet

Admittedly, this website might be even more entertaining to parents than kids but check out bemboszoo.com. Click on any letter of the alphabet, see an animal beginning with that letter spelled out and then watch the letters morph into a … Continue reading

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New Halloween Books to Encourage Kid’s Language

  I am going to write a few blogs about some fun new Halloween books. I will warn you that I am not into the scary, creepy kind. I was actually half way through a pretty good book when the … Continue reading

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Great Websites–Resources for Parents, Teachers and Speech Therapists on Reading and Bilingual Learning

Check out Reading Rockets, www.readingrockets.org, offering “a wealth of reading strategies, lessons, and activities to help young children learn how to read and read better.” This site is packed with practical ideas from preschool resources to encourage pre-reading skills, including … Continue reading

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Great DVD for Speech Therapists and Parents to Develop Speech

Creative people are constantly developing slickly produced media for our kids. Some of it is educationally outstanding and some isn’t. That is why this DVD, “Sounds Like a Smile” caught my eye. It doesn’t have the glitz of an expensively … Continue reading

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Parents and Teachers Check out “Big Words for Little People” to Laugh and Learn Children’s Language

  Usually, I’m not one to recommend a celebrity author’s book but Big Words for Little People by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell is a riot! Naturally I am drawn to a book that encourages vocabulary, especially words that … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

Being grumpy is a lot of work. Mr. Fish can’t seem to be cheered up by his convincing pals, Ms Clam, Mr. Jelly (Fish), Mrs. Squid or Mr. Eight (legged octopus). In spite of the efforts by his best-intended buddies, … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Pout-Pout Fish for Making the New York Times Bestseller List!

I got an e-mail yesterday from Deborah Diesen, the author of The Pout-Pout Fish, to let me know that her book had made it on the New York Times Bestseller List for Children’s Books this week! Congratulations to her and … Continue reading

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