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  1. New Member Introductions
    We have started are reading adventures!!!! this is a good thing #headstartinlife and a real must try...
  2. Toddler & Child
    Our culture has an emphasis on early learning, and early reading in particular, which can be unsettling to parents. That's why I'm letting my son pick up reading at his own pace. The title of this piece is admittedly not entirely accurate, but there's only so much explanation to be fit in so...
  3. Toddler & Child
    We live in a culture deeply devoted to getting its citizens to read at the earliest possible age. Whether it's flashcards, alphabet-focused toys, iPad reading apps or "teachable moments about letters" sprinkled throughout daily life with toddlers and preschoolers, we seem hellbent on hatching...
  4. The Childhood Years
    Before I begin I know this is entirely my fault. I was young and very naive when I had my first child, who is now 6. From a very early age she was given a screen to look at (cellphone, tv) to entertain her soothe. Big mistake, I know. Getting her first report card was a bit of a shock, it was...
  5. Family Life
    Reading is essential for academic success, but parents want their kids to be lifelong readers. Here are some simple ways to encourage your child to read more. I grew up reading all the time. My parents and grandparents purchased books for me all the time. Despite living with a low income, my...
  6. Family Life
    I have always enjoyed reading out loud with my kids and have done that regularly as a part of our nighttime routine. As our family has grown, making time to read aloud is a little more tricky. But over the past year, I've realized that when we are in the habit of it, I see each member of our...
  7. Family Life
    We all crave more time for ourselves, and organizing a book club can help carve that time out of a hectic schedule. Here's how you can start one! Sometimes, the things we love fall by the wayside in the midst of making mortgage payments and taking care of the kids. Finding the time to sit and...
  8. Toddler & Child
    As a veteran English teacher, I admit to loving some novels over others. I'd like to introduce you to four books that provide students with the opportunity to see the world through new eyes. While I enjoy teaching classics including: To Kill a Mockingbird, 1984, The Great Gatsby, and Their Eyes...
  9. Family Life
    It's public library month, and we have a public service announcement for you: Don't be afraid of library fines; they are proof your family is learning. When I was a kid, every member of our family had a library card and every one of us maxed them out. Fifty books on your card already? Here...
  10. Parenting the Gifted Child
    Hey all, I am currently considering testing for my four year old, who will be 5 in October of 2016. Her reading seems to be pretty far along. 1. Can anyone reccomend a good structured online assessment for achievement, for me to look at prior to investing in testing? I think I'm willing to...
  11. Learning at Home and Beyond
    When we were still homeschooling rather than unschooling, we used to do family readaloud and silent reading everyday as a part of our routine. A lot of great things would come from these times. When we read the Little House series together, the kids were enthralled with it. They watched the...
  12. Family Life
    I love reading, and I have always been determined to pass on a love of fiction to my children. My husband and I read to them as babies, toddlers, while they are learning to read themselves, and then after that for as long as they are still interested in being read to. I love it that my ten year...
  13. The Childhood Years
    I'm looking for recommendations from like-minded families for a magazine for my 4 year old son. We'd like to subscribe to a magazine that jives with our family's philosophy of togetherness, DIY natural living, respect for the natural world, low consumerism, and equality. I'm considering...
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