Kids Read

A Mother Goose for Modern Times: Mother Bruce

Bruce is a grumpy bear just looking for some organic eggs. What he gets instead is the devotion, love, belonging - and frustration - that comes with having a family, whether he wants it or not.

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins is a delightful picture book that will appeal to preschool and older children because of its humor, particularly in just how grumpy Bruce is - and how unexpected his role as "mother" to a group of goslings is.

Build YOUR Reader with these 5 Activities

Academic research about early literacy development can be a little heavy on, well, academic terms. But it really all boils down to one idea: there are five basic activities you should do with babies and young children to set the foundation for future reading and school success:

Reading

Writing

Talking

Playing

Singing

When Your School Is Your Home

What do you do when attending your local school is a matter of stepping into the living room? When Mom is your Science teacher, P.E. coach, and your principal? For many families, this scenario - also known as homeschooling - is a choice that makes the best sense.

Ready to Read in School: Reading Comprehension

The final component that the National Reading Panel identified as important in helping children learn to read is also the goal of reading. It's the golden ring - the top of the mountain that all of the other elements (phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, and vocabulary) work together to achieve: reading comprehension.

Ready to Read in School: Fluency

Our next important element of reading, identified by the National Reading Panel, is Fluency.

Fluency is the "flow" of reading, particularly out loud, but also what a child hears in her head during silent reading. It's "reading like you talk" and is important because it supports comprehension. After all, it's difficult to understand a sentence when it is read haltingly, one word at a time, because you forget how the sentence began and what it has to do with the end of the sentence.

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