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Meet Jillian Warner: Blogger at Mommy Testers

by Jill & Cathy on August 9, 2013

At the end of July we were lucky enough to travel to BlogHer in Chicago.  While there, we had dinner with Jillian Warner who has been in the web site world longer than us.  She had much to share and we were thankful for her ideas.  When we returned home, we took some time to […]

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Read the Room at Home

by Jill & Cathy on July 14, 2013

One way that teachers of early readers get their students exposed to as many words as possible is to have students “read the room” in the classroom.  Objects around the room are labeled so that students can see the letters/words associated with the objects.  Children soon learn to identify those objects they see with the words […]

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Cereal Box Reading Mat

by Jill & Cathy on March 21, 2013

Use this breakfast mat to help your children think as they eat their breakfast.  Leave out the cereal box and let your kid have fun! Cereal Box Reading

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Galactic Sight Words

by Jill & Cathy on March 14, 2013

Use these to help your beginning readers.  The Fry words are the 1,000 most commonly used words in the English language.  We have put together Star Wars themed cards for the first 200 words.  Print on cardstock and cut apart.  Have your children work to master one strip at a top.  You might decide to […]

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Princess Sight Words

by Jill & Cathy on March 14, 2013

Use these to help your beginning readers. The Fry words are the 1,000 most commonly used words in the English language. We have put together Star Wars themed cards for the first 200 words. First 100 Fry Words Second 100 Fry Words Clip Art by Jennifer Ware of Zenware Designs

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Read Across America Day

by Jill & Cathy on February 17, 2013

Read Across America Day celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday is Saturday, March 2nd.  This year many preschoolers will be celebrating this day on Friday, March 1st.  We have created some activities to help get you started with your celebration. A Person’s a Person, No Matter How Small  Take a picture and glue it to the middle.  […]

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Monthly Sight Word Cards

by Jill & Cathy on December 1, 2012

Here we plan on providing a group of 12 sight words for each month. They will include words that go beyond the Fry words but are still common. August includes words such as school and bus, January will include words like snow and coat. Each card will include a word and a visual to help […]

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Funny Boy Chapter Books for Ages 9 – 11

by Jill & Cathy on October 31, 2012

As boys get older, it is harder to find humorous books that are at the appropriate reading level. My son Grant needs books around a fifth grade reading level but does not enjoy reading anything serious or without some laughs. With my son’s help, we have found some that are at the right level and […]

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Funny Boy Chapter Books Ages 7 – 9

by Jill & Cathy on October 21, 2012

This is the second in a series of posts to help you “hook” your uninterested boy in reading.  My son Grant began as a reluctant reader, he now loves reading but it still isn’t easy to find books that he loves.  Our hope is that this series of posts will help make it easier for […]

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Reluctant Boy Readers Ages 4 – 7

by Jill & Cathy on October 18, 2012

When my oldest son was in kindergarten and first grade, books were something he had no desire to touch.  We would go into a book store and spend an hour with me trying to convince him to choose just one book.  Usually we left empty handed.  Being a teacher, I knew how important reading together each evening […]

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