How are you? Have you ever had a child who didn’t like to read? Is reading difficult for your child? When I was teaching kindergarten, I saw students who struggled to read.
There are many reasons that students struggle to learn. Sometimes, it is lack of interest or a learning disability. Other times, it could be that others have dissuaded learning for some reason. People can be cruel at times and pick on others for learning or not learning quickly enough. Learning can seem “boring” to some.
Whatever the reason for the lack of learning, it is sometimes helpful to let a student know that he or she is not alone. It is nice to know that others struggle also at one thing or another.
Another strategy to help encourage learning is to make a game out of the material. Make learning fun. This can mean doing things like, talking and teaching while doing something physical or reading stories about various subjects or creating a treasure hunt with facts and questions. It can mean reading stories and discussing facts or creating an adventure.
So, a while back, I wrote a children’s book about a boy who doesn’t like to read. The other kids in school make fun of him, because he isn’t very good. His feelings are hurt and he doesn’t even feel like trying any more. His mother ends up turning things around for him. She makes reading fun. What book do I mean? The book is “Johnny’s Adventure Makes Reading Fun” by Jodi Desautels.
Some reasons for reading difficulty aren’t helped as easily as others. However, I wanted children to know that they aren’t alone and that reading can be fun. That is why I wrote “Johnny’s Adventure Makes Reading Fun”.
If you have a child who doesn’t like to read or has difficulty reading, you may want to try reading “Johnny’s Adventure Makes Reading Fun” to him or her. It has helped others and could help your child as well.
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How are you? Today, I would like to talk with you about learning bookmarks. Have you ever used them? Learning bookmarks are bookmarks that do more than holding the reader’s place. Learning bookmarks are mini activity pages to help the reader get more out of the book and become a better reader.
There are many styles and sizes of learning bookmarks. Some have questions and activities about characters. Others have questions and activities about plot, setting, or other aspects of the book. There are learning bookmarks that also have spaces for the reader to ask questions, make notes, write down vocabulary words, make connections, and such. (DUO Inspirations currently has the latter for an educational resource and product.)
The newest learning bookmark by DUO Inspirations has three activity spots. In each spot, the reader can write the page number and choose to write a vocabulary word, ask a question, make a connection, or write a note about what he or she likes in the book.
I like the flexibility in the newest learning bookmark. It is nice to have a resource that can be used in multiple ways. What do you think? The Learning Bookmark by DUO Inspirations is also a great resource for readers of all ages.
The idea of a learning bookmark is the ease of use and availability. That is a bookmark is right there with the book. So, instead of having to find a notebook, piece of paper, or computer, the reader can make notes or ask questions right on the bookmark.
The Learning Bookmark is blank on one side. (Although, it could be printed two-sided.) On the blank side, the reader can draw an illustration based on the book or decorate it in a personal way.
Another great idea would be to print it on cardstock and laminate it. That way, the bookmark can be used multiple times for multiple books. The reader can then use a dry erase marker on the bookmark.
If you are interested in purchasing a Learning Bookmark by DUO Inspirations, you can press the link below.
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How are you today? Do you have planned work to give the students who finish early or to give the class to do when you are not in the class? There will always be times when you will not be there to guide the students or will be busy with other students. So, it is good to have enrichment or review materials for students to do in every topic or skill you teach.
Sometimes, it takes time to gather enrichment and review materials for every topic and skill you teach. However, it is easier when you have someone who will create these materials for you. DUO Inspirations is such a resource. If you need an enrichment activity or review materials in any particular topic or skill, please contact me.
In the meantime, please, let me tell you about one of the activities that I enjoy. It is something that almost any grade can do. The activity is taking a word with quite a few letters in it or a short phrase and asking the students to make smaller words they can make out of the letters in that word or phrase. It is better if you can use a vocabulary word or topic phrase that goes with the subject you teach.
Creating words out of letters of a larger word or small phrase is an important skill. It helps students to notice the letters in a word. This helps in spelling as well as reading.
Here is an example I did out of the letters in the word education. There are other words. However, I thought one hundred was a nice round number.
If you notice, most of the words are smaller words. That reinforces the fact that it can be done with success with most grade levels. Also, as you can see many of the words have prefixes or suffixes. So, this is makes a wonderful activity to review root words, prefixes, and suffixes.
I usually tell students that they cannot use slang, bad words, or proper nouns. However, you can use whatever guidelines you wish. I hope you and your students enjoy this activity.
Another good idea for doing an activity like this is asking students their strategy to finding words. One of my strategies is to choose endings and look for any other words that have the same ending, such as ten and den or can and tan.
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Have you ever done this activity? What are your guidelines? Do you and your students enjoy it?
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