Summer’s Last Hurrah!

Children toysFor many of us, Labor Day marks the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year. While we look forward to the cooler weather that accompanies fall, it can be a bit sad to see the summer coming to a close. Why not make the most of the Labor Day weekend and spend the last few days before school begins having some fun together as a family? Red Apple Reading has some ideas to make the “last hurrah” of summer a memorable one for you and your kiddos!   Click Here to Read More...

Transitioning Back to School

transitioning-back-to-school-RARBelieve it or not, the start of school is just around the corner, if not already in session in some parts of the country! As a mother of four, I have to admit that I’m ready to see my kiddos walking out the door with their backpacks on! Whether you are looking forward to the beginning of school or wishing you had another month, it’s time to start transitioning into school mode. Check out these eight suggestions for helping your child (and you) transition smoothly into a new school year. Click Here to Read More...

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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