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Getting Kids to Read by Choice

By Zenobia Jackson July 28, 2017 Allowing children, and specifically boys to select what they read can be a powerful change agent in the motivation to read. In the majority of schools, student choice is an education phrase that is thrown around to say that we are giving students choice in their learning. But in […]

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3 Ways to Prevent Summer Slide

By Felicity LuHill July 10, 2017   What is Summer Slide? Summer Slide is a fun-sounding phrase for a serious issue. It’s the tendency to lose some level of knowledge or skill set achieved the previous school year during summer break. It is most likely to occur with struggling readers and children who “slide” out of […]

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Create Your Own Declaration of Independence

By Felicity LuHill February 20, 2017   In honor of President’s Day, create your very own Declaration of Independence! With your early reader, either at home or in the classroom.   What you need: 3 Black Tea Bags Plain White Paper or Paper with the Declaration of Independence text*** Black Pen or Marker (a calligraphy […]

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3 Takeaways From Alvin Irby’s Workshop

By Felicity LuHill June 30, 2017   A couple weeks ago, Barbershop Books Founder, Alvin Irby led his workshop, “Kale Salad & Boogers: How Cultural Competency Creates Transformative Reading Experiences” at the National Book Foundation’s conference, Why Reading Matters. Along with being direct about the issues young black boys face in schools today, Alvin also […]

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Education Through Failure

By Felicity LuHill April 25, 2017   This week, in Edutopia, there was an article titled “Redefining Failure,” which says that educators should encourage students to try new things and fail so that students can grow and learn from their mistakes. It uses the example of bowling, a first-time bowler will learn quickly on their own […]

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Different Method of Learning (and Reading!)

By Felicity LuHill April 17, 2017     When encouraging kids to read, it’s important to note their specific learning styles. Every child has his own way of learning and trying to make him learn through a different method can prove to be frustrating and counterproductive. When I tutored a fourth grader who was having […]

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8 Reasons Why You Should Read Aloud

By Felicity LuHill March 13, 2017   For Read Aloud Month, I looked into what reading to a child for 15 minutes a day can really do. People often underestimate the importance of reading to a young child that has little to no language skills. Here’s the truth about how important it is: Children often […]

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Is “Sounding it Out” Helpful?

By Felicity LuHill February 6, 2017   For an early reader, it can be hard to pronounce words correctly. For someone who is helping an early reader read out loud, it can be tempting to tell the reader to stop for a moment and try “sounding the word out” when an early reader gets stuck […]