Randi from Swoon is with us today to share a fun project to compliment the inspiring book, Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett. Being displaced and living with family this summer has made doing activities with my children especially difficult. This week they reminded me that the best projects don’t have to require a lot of skill, time, or materials and preparations. While reading one of our favorite picture books, Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, my daughters…

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Rebecca from Thirteen Red Shoes is with us today to share a great list of graphic novels to enjoy with the young readers in our lives. We adore picture books in our home and believe that you can never have too many! Recently we have become interested in a new genre—the graphic novel.  My son loves the fact that there is a chronological tale told though visual images and that the text that accompanies is…

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Rebecca from Thirteen Red Shoes is with us today to share a fun activity to share with the little readers in our lives…   Story cubes are such a wonderful way to engage children in a story and to check for comprehension.  Often when children are beginning to read they are so focused on sounding out unfamiliar words that meaning is lost.  Through working together with your little ones you can help them grasp the…

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Randi from Swoon is with us today to share a lovely summer reading kit for the blossoming young readers in our lives. Summer is right around the corner and it’s time to think of creative ways to maintain and build on everything our children have learned in this last year throughout the long break. If you’re like me and your children attend school outside of the home, now is a good time to ask teachers…

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Rebecca from Thirteen Red Shoes is with us today to share some great audio book recommendations for kids. We adore audio books and have gathered a rather large collection over the last few years. Listening to audio books is a great way for young children to internalize the fluency and expression that comes from reading longer chapter books. It is helpful to have them follow along with a hard copy of the book, running their…

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