Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten? Red Apple Reading ExpressHow do you know if your child is ready to handle the rigors of the elementary school world? While I’m not a teacher, I am a mother of four children (the youngest of whom will be entering kindergarten in the fall) and I’ve learned a few things along the way. One of the many lessons I’ve learned (and I admit this was at the expense of my older kids) is how to help children prepare for kindergarten. It might surprise you to learn that not all my tips are academic – sometimes good old-fashioned life skills are what will help your kiddo most when he’s away from you during the day. Peruse this checklist of items to see what you can be working on with your little one before the first day of the school year. Click Here to Read More...

10 Great Mysteries for Kids

10 Great Mysteries for Kids - Red Apple ReadingIf you’re like me, you enjoy a good mystery! Fortunately, the mystery genre is not limited to adult audiences. Many of you probably have fond memories of reading Nancy DrewThe Hardy BoysThe Boxcar Children and Encyclopedia Brown when you were growing up. Red Apple Reading has compiled a list of ten great mystery books that we think your kiddos will enjoy. There’s also an added bonus: many of these books are part of a series of mysteries! So if your little one finds one she enjoys, there’s a good chance that there are more to come!

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5 Ways to Keep Kids Sharp Over Summer

5 Ways to Keep Your Child Sharp Over Summer - Red Apple ReadingThe National Summer Learning Association reports that “students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer”. How can parents help their child beat the summer slump? Red Apple Reading has 5 suggestions that will help keep your kiddo sharp over summer vacation.

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Get Out and Read This Summer!

Get Out and Read This Summer! Red Apple ReadingSummer is here! It's time to run through sprinklers, man lemonade stands, ride bikes, and enjoy being outdoors. Fresh air and sunshine help to grow healthy kiddos; however, your child’s reading need not be compromised because of time spent outside. After all, reading and the outdoors are two great things that really do go great together! Speaking of great, Red Apple Reading has some great ideas for taking reading outside this summer.

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10 Children’s Education Blogs We Love!

10 Children's Education Blogs We Love | Red Apple ReadingWhat did we ever do before the Internet? I can't tell you how many times this week I've Googled something... and don't get me started on social media! As a parent, I also love that there is a wealth of sharing and knowledge in the cloud available for education. There are many, many educational blogs out there that are very informative and full of great ideas. At Red Apple Reading we appreciate a good educational blog, and believe you’ll want to mark the following ten blogs as favorites and visit them on a regular basis.

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Prepare for Summer!

Prepare for Summer!  |  Red Apple ReadingThe summer season is quickly approaching, and for many of us that means our children will be home from school. While most people probably don’t think about making a summer plan (after all, the summer season is about taking a break from our normal routine), you don’t want to get to the third day of summer vacation with a kiddo complaining of boredom and not be prepared. Red Apple Reading has a 5 item list that will ensure you and your kiddos are ready for a successful summer season.

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10 Fun Memorial Day Weekend Activities

10 Fun Memorial Day Weekend Activities - Red Apple ReadingMemorial Day weekend is celebrated on the last Monday in May each year. This day was set aside by the U.S. government in order to commemorate those who have died in war. Red Apple Reading suggests that you incorporate some Memorial Day themed events into your schedule and discuss the holiday’s significance with your children. Here are some Memorial Day activities you and your family can enjoy together.

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