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Newsletter – Visceral – May 31, 2024

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Hello Book Bums families! This week in the newsletter we share some ideas for summer fun as well as book recommendations and tips about the science of reading. As the school year ends and life moves at a more relaxing pace, we wish you lots of time for reading, spending time with your favorite people, […]

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Newsletter – Shop Local – May 17, 2024

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Hello Book Bums families! This week in the newsletter Dr. Christy shares how to approach tough words and make learning them fun. We’ve included a downloadable game for your kiddos to build and play at home. We’re also thinking about goals, entrepreneurship, and shopping local. Do you have some big or small goals that you’re […]

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Day One, No More Playing Small

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1-1-21 I have a lot of friends and loved ones who are passionately chasing their dreams. Some sell cookies. (You go, girls!) One is making his mark on the fashion industry, while another is building his business in the world of golf. One is honing his computer skills to better serve within his place of […]

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“My Kids Don’t Listen to Me!”

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  “My Kids Don’t Listen To Me!” When I speak of my desire to teach parents to teach their young kids to read, even before they enter a classroom, that’s the response that I often hear from parents. So why would kids respond to their teachers or tutors more readily than they would their moms […]

Phonemic Awareness

Say No to Guess and Go!

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Every parent in my school community knows about sight words. They may be called star words, snap words, or something else, but we know what they are. Early childhood classrooms feature from 25 to more than 100 words students must know on sight by the end of the school year. That\’s not a problem-the fluent […]

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Tear Down the (Word) Walls

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My husband and I had a flat tire, and both of our phones were dead. (Note to self: Next overnight camping excursion- Bring phone chargers!) And, we had no spare tire. When a police officer stopped to ask if we needed help, we could not recall a single phone number of someone who could lend […]

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Newsletter – Listening in – May 10, 2024

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Hello Book Bums families! This week in the newsletter we are thinking about reading and listening, window art and books as windows. We hope it gives you a moment of reflection in this busy season of the year. If you have a favorite book you’d like to see recommended in the newsletter, please respond to […]

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Newsletter – Memorial – May 3, 2024

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Hello Book Bums families! Happy May! Here is some fun trivia for the fifth month of the year: • May’s birthstone is emerald. • No U.S. President has ever died during the month of May. • The Empire State Building opened its doors on May 1, 1931. • Clint Eastwood, Bob Dylan, John F. Kennedy, […]

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Newsletter – Excavate – April 26, 2024

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Hello Book Bums families! One reason I love to read is that I can learn about people and places I’ll never experience, through books. Another I reason I love it is that I learn about myself. This week in the newsletter we’re thinking about how books can teach us about history, the natural world, and […]

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Newsletter – Squirmy Worms – April 19, 2024

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Hello Book Bums families! Spring is springing all around in our local area. This week in the newsletter Dr. Christy digs into some spring dirt. We share some book recommendations to get you into your garden and a poem in praise of worms. As always, we’re thinking about words and learning. Reply to our newsletter […]

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Newsletter – Think Spring – April 12, 2024

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Hello Book Bums families! In this week’s newsletter we do some thinking about thinking, and Dr. Christy shares a book full of thinking skills for the twenty-first century. We also have ideas for creative ways to get your kiddos writing. As always, we learn about words and have fun with language. We’re so glad you’re […]