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November is Picture Book Month!

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November is Picture Book Month, when schools, libraries, and book lovers celebrate the picture book and the joy of the read-aloud experience. Reading aloud is one of the most important things parents and teachers can do with children. Reading aloud builds many important foundational skills, introduces vocabulary, provides a model of fluent, expressive reading, and helps children recognize what reading for pleasure is all about.

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.Visit this division of the American Library Association to see current and past award winners.

There are many great Blogs and Websites that can help you in your search for quality picture books. Here are just a few: The Picture Book Review, New York Times Best Sellers, and Children, Books and Reading. 

I also strongly encourage you to check out Inkygirl: Illustrated blog for writers, whe…

Fluency in Reading and Math

Reading Fluency is  the ability to decode text with speed, accuracy, and the appropriate expression. Reading fluency is important because it provides a bridge between word recognition and reading comprehension. Since fluent readers don't have to concentrate on decoding the actual words, they can focus their attention on what the text actually means. They can make mental connections throughout the text, as well as apply those connections to their personal backgrounds and experiences.
Simply, fluent readers recognize the words and comprehend their overall meaning at the same time. 
Math Fact Fluency is the ability to recall the answers to basic math facts automatically and without hesitation. Educators and scientists agree that the ability to recall basic math facts fluently is necessary for students to attain higher-order math skills. In other words,  if students develop rapid, effortless, and error-less recall of basic math facts, it leaves their attention and memory available to att…

Start the School Year Off Right!

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Reading, Writing and Arithmetic

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Reading, writing and arithmetic- The three R's. An outdated expression, and yet, these are the important basics that give our students the power to develop higher level thinking skills. Welcome to my new blog.  I started it to build connections with children, their families, and teachers.  I plan to use this blog to share ideas to help parents understand the skills and attitudes children need to be successful lifelong learners.  In addition, I hope to share current and relevant information around math and literacy education.