7 Creative Ways to Get Kids Practicing Handwriting

My son resists handwriting practice so I have been pondering ways to get him to practice his writing. I also am teaching a writing class at our weekly

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Integrating English Language Arts Learning at Home

English language arts is the overarching title given to a variety of learning subjects, including spelling and phonics, reading and comprehension, and writing and grammar. Here are some

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Learn to Compare and Contrast using A Tale of Two Beasts

We compare the perspective of the two characters in A TALE OF TWO BEASTS, beginning with a Venn diagram to brainstorm. A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona

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Picture Books to Inspire Unique Story Organization

I  had a lot of fun considering favorite picture books as I considered the variety of ways one could organize a story. So many times in elementary school

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Persuasive Writing with The Pigeon

When I thought about a persuasive mentor text, my first thought was to go with The Pigeon, Mo Willems’ crabby bird who demands things. I almost dismissed this

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Writing in the Snow Picture Book Lesson

In the book In the Snow by Huy Voun Lee, Xiao Ming and his mother walk in newly fallen snow and his mother shows him Chinese characters by writing

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Fun, Mouth-Watering Gingerbread Books

I’ve always loved the tale of the gingerbread man. True, we could feel sad that a walking and talking anthropomorphic being has been eaten. But we’re talking gingerbread

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Write a Mini-Book: Easy Guided Research Project about a State

The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller is a silly fictional book. I think we all know that the states are not alive and able to pick

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Story Outlining and Retelling Using a Wordless Book

The Red Book by Barbara Lehman is a wordless picture book, so it may not be the first to come to mind when considering a book to “read

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Word Journal

I don’t really have a week in review for you today. I feel like if I don’t have anything nice to say I should not say anything at

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Six Traits Sunday: Word Choice

I have struggled to decide what book to feature for word choice this week. I’ll try to think of more for next week. One that comes to mind

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Six Traits Sunday: Voice in A River of Words

On my reading blog, I’m about to begin a poetry reading month. So I thought for my Six Traits Sunday about voice, I’d focus on a picture book

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