Raising Readers Monday: Board Games that Build Readers

I wasn’t able to get a post together for today, but I love this one. “Raising Readers” is one of my favorite blogging projects. If you haven’t checked out Katey’s blog, you should give it a look


I love those moments when young kids suddenly realize they can read something – like the Exit sign over the door, their name on a birthday card, the word “zoo” on the billboard out the car window. These sight words read in context are their first steps into reading confidently, into recognizing words that are meaningful and useful to them.

Context is an important part of learning to decode new words and recognize familiar ones. External motivation – call it “reward” if you like – is also important to early learners. Many kids are not motivated to work on reading skills just because Mommy or Daddy says it’s important to learn to read. They need a GOOD reason – like being able to tell which bathroom is for boys, or if they should push or pull the door.  Another great motivator is being able to play a fun game!


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Rebuilding a Culture of Readers

Thought-provoking article here. I’ve always been a voracious reader, and it’s something I learned as a child. I also never saw a computer until I was 11 or 12. Sometimes I wonder how different I’d be if I’d been born after personal computers became ubiquitous.


Many of you have heard about the study recently released by Common Sense Media that shows US kids and teens are reading less proficiently, less often, and less for pleasure than the same age groups did 30 years ago.   If you’d like to see more details (and you should), please check out the summary article here or the full report PDF file here.

OK, so are you totally shocked?

No, of course not.  You kinda suspected that kids were reading less, right? I mean, there’s streaming video and social media; smart phones and Nintendo DS to distract them. Kids and teens 30 years ago  didn’t have that.

30 years ago, I was seven. If I was lucky, I watched Electric Company with my brother and sister after school and Dallas when Grandma was babysitting. (Sorry to rat you out, Grandma.) Otherwise, I played outside, secretly destroyed Barbies with my brother’s G.I…

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Raising Readers Monday: Tonight We’re Going to Party Like It’s 1984!

This is a little different than the things I usually feature here, but I’ve been following Kateywrites for awhile now, and it’s a blog I recommend. I find the writing engaging, and there are not many things more important than teaching children to love reading, which is something Katey blogs about quite often. Being taught to read well and to view reading as something to enjoy is one of the things that has allowed me to do as well as I have in life, and I try to do the same for the children in my life. You can also follow Kateywrites on Facebook and Twitter.


No, I don’t really suggest you throw an Orwellian birthday party for your children (although…Big Brother watching them is not the worst idea.  Have you seen what kids get up to at parties?) I mean that:

  1. I’m a total throwback.  When I was 7 (3 guesses which year that was) you had your birthday party at home. Your mom made cake from a box.  Frosting from a can.  I LIKE birthday parties at home.  I meet the kids, I meet their parents. The kids actually play together – not just in the same facility.   They play with one another – not laser guns or bouncy castles. It’s nice.
  2. I love book-themed parties! With so many options at  Parties R Us, it’s easy to just opt for a party based on your kids’ favorite Disney, Nick Jr., or Dreamworks characters.  But it is simple and fun and…

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