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“Reading books with your child can provide experiences and vocabulary that he or she may not be exposed to on a daily basis. Experience allows children to gain understanding. When a child understands vocabulary and situations, he or she has the foundation to use these words in verbal language. Always read with your child face…

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PediaSpeech offers the Fast ForWord programs, a research-based computer program that develops brain processing efficiency through intensive, adaptive software exercises. Fast ForWord increase processing efficiency and builds critical reading skills. No other reading intervention program offers a more scientifically proven approach to helping children quickly improve reading comprehension skills. Instant feedback and engaging exercises help…

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Kathryn Perkinson of the U.S. Department of Education states that “kids will learn reading skills in school, but often they come to associate reading with work, not pleasure. As a result, they lose their desire to read. And it is that desire—the curiosity and interest—that is the cornerstone to using reading and related skills successfully.…

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Comment on new words as they come up in stories, on TV or on the radio. Introduce synonyms – words that mean the same thing. If your kids talk about “the day after today,” introduce the word “tomorrow.” Correct word errors with simple examples or corrections. If they say “We runned home!” you could say,…

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Here are some highlights from the evidence-based research on vocabulary instruction: Children learn the meanings of most words indirectly, through everyday experiences with oral and written language. They do so by engaging daily in oral language, listening to adults read to them, and reading extensively on their own. Although a great deal of vocabulary is…

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Leap Frog – Letter Factory Teaches letters, phonics and listening skills. A wild adventure to the Letter Factory with popular LeapFrog characters Leap, Lily and Tad. Led by wacky Professor Quigley, Tad joins Js jumping on trampolines and Ks practicing karate kicks as new letters learn their sounds. Fun songs will have kids singing letter…

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Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate individual sounds (phonemes) in spoken words. A great phonological awareness activity is rhyming! Help your child fill-in some new rhymes. Since you are focusing on sound and not meaning, nonsense is fine. Have fun! A tree with a …bee. A cat with a …bat. A…

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1-2-3 Magic – Easy-To-Learn Parenting Solutions That WorkFrom Dr. Thomas Phelan “1-2-3 Magic” offers parents simple and effective discipline methods for children ages 2-12. A proven bestseller, the kit addresses the difficult task of child discipline with humor, keen insight and proven experience. Find it here.

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