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9 Simple Strategies for Reluctant Readers

May 03, 2017 Becky Thada

9 Simple Strategies for Reluctant Readers

My two daughters are really fascinated with books. Reading together is one of our favorite things to do. But this is not the case for every child. You may be doing all the right things and still your budding reader looks more wilted than blossoming. Boys especially can struggle with the utility of reading. Sometimes they've not been exposed to books that they enjoy and they just don't see the point. If your reader is getting frustrated and has lost that spark for learning, take heart! You can reignite a flame from the smoldering coals. Start with your child's interests. Does she...


Toddler and Preschooler Holiday Gift Guide

December 10, 2016 Becky Thada

Toddler and Preschooler Holiday Gift Guide

None of us want our house cluttered with toys that buy us 2 minutes of time and then lay on the floor for the rest of the day. I spent some time evaluating the toys we have in our house and I started to see a common thread between which items got the most use. Much of what we were using the most were open-ended toys.  This is what makes blocks and Legos so great. They don't just serve one purpose. They involve endless possibilities. When I shop for kids (mine or others), the gifts I buy generally fall into one of the following...


Be a Choosy Bookworm - How to Choose High Quality Literature for your Home Library

December 02, 2016 Becky Thada

Be a Choosy Bookworm - How to Choose High Quality Literature for your Home Library

I can't help myself. I just can't stand the Nickelodeon books. They don't flow, they make terrible read-alouds, and they're usually a poorly done summary of the episode. My oldest has gone through phases where she really loved the Dora or Doc McStuffins books. And because it was a positive interaction with reading, I sucked it up and read them to her. Yes...over and over. I will borrow these books from the library, but if I'm going to buy a book and have it take up some of our limited living space, then I want it to be high quality....


Can toddlers learn their colors?

November 22, 2016 Becky Thada

Can toddlers learn their colors?

The short answer is of course, yes. The long answer is that each child progresses at his or her own pace. It's tempting to push kids to concepts we think they should learn, but if they're not ready, you and your child will just end up frustrated. You don't want to send messages that learning = frustration. So, if you try something and it doesn't go over well, give it a couple of months and try again in a slightly different way. Here's some things you can do to foster early color knowledge. 1. Point out colors in everyday. When...

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