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Always Kiss Me Good Night

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When I had my first child, someone gave me this book as a gift and I have read and re-read it many times since. Filled with simple advice from elementary school aged children, "Always kiss me good night" by J.S. Salt will undoubtedly remind you of what is important in your busy daily routine. 

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Book Talk - April 2006

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by Gregory K. Pincus

BOOK TALK is a new feature here at momready. Each month Gregory K. Pincus will be passing along his book recommendations for kids aged 0-12. We think you'll find his picks worthy additions to your library. 

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Rearing Readers: Everyday Ideas for Encouraging Literacy 14

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by Helen Coronato

Rearing Readers is a new column on momready.com. Each month Helen Coronato will be writing about creative ways to encourage children of all ages to read.

READ TO TOT, ON THE SPOT!

Everyone from the US Department of Education to your nosy neighbor to your mother in law has told you, "You must read aloud to your children!" Experts agree that preschoolers (ages 0-5) should be read to for thirty minutes a day. But where can you find an extra 30 minutes in a day already jam-packed with soccer practice, music lessons, and grocery shopping? 

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Rearing Readers: Everyday Ideas for Encouraging Literacy 13

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by Helen Coronato

INDEX CARD INTELLIGENCE

There are about a million toys, gadgets and programs targeted at pre-readers (ages 3-5). Each new product promises to give your budding bookworm an edge, an advantage, an early acceptance into Harvard... all for the special introductory price of 19.95. Well, save your money, and your sanity, by investing in a packet of index cards. Cheap. Small. Disposable. Brilliant! 

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Rearing Readers: Everyday Ideas for Encouraging Literacy 12

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by Helen Coronato

Summer Reading Solutions!

The countdown to summer break has begun! As children get ready to trade in their backpacks for beach gear, libraries all across the country are preparing for summer reading programs. But, despite your best intentions, vacations, camp schedules and swimming lessons can make routine participation a real challenge. 

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Rearing Readers: Everyday Ideas for Encouraging Literacy 11

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by Helen Coronato

Environmental Print: Taking Reading to the Streets

Whether you are traveling across the country or across town this summer, chances are you're spending more time outside. This season, take advantage of the great outdoors by focusing your family on environmental print: the everyday signs and symbols we use to identify stores, products and directions. Enjoy all the open air opportunities available with these eco-friendly activities, easily adaptable for your child's reading level. 

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Rearing Readers: Everyday Ideas for Encouraging Literacy 10

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Rhyme Time!

An important and often overlooked reading skill involves learning to rhyme. Practicing rhymes helps children learn about word families like cat, mat, and sat. Emphasizing word families is a useful decoding skill, helping children to learn more new words faster and increase their working vocabulary. Best of all, rhyming games can be played anywhere and everywhere, making them the perfect solution to long lines, traffic jams and waiting rooms. Need to pass the time? Try a game that rhymes! 

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Halloween Book Talk

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by Gregory K. Pincus

BOOK TALK is a monthly momready column where each month Gregory K. Pincus will be passing along his book recommendations for kids aged 0-12. We think you'll find his picks worthy additions to your library...CLICK ON THE ITEM TITLE TO PURCHASE 

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Rearing Readers: Everyday Ideas for Encouraging Literacy 9

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by Helen Coronato

Spooktacular Family Activities

Is there any celebration more fun than Halloween? Low maintenance, high excitement, this holiday is tailor made for the kid in all of us. This season, take advantage of your children's enthusiasm for all things that go bump in the night by orchestrating a spooktacular evening fit for a phantom. All ages will enjoy a ghoulishly grand meal, a not so scary story and a creepy craft. And no one will even realize you are strengthening reading and writing skills. How's that for a trick and treat! 

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Rearing Readers: Everyday Ideas for Encouraging Literacy 8

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by Helen Coronato

Delicious Reading and Writing Fun!

Thanksgiving is about more than just a scrumptious meal; it's about spending time with family and friends. This holiday, welcome the ones you love to the table with these photo place cards, personalized placemats, and witty one-liners. Kids of all ages can help set the table for a fun family event, while practicing their reading and writing skills! 

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