Having Fun with Phonics

What comes to mind when you think of phonics practice? Although it may sound boring, the truth is that phonics instruction can be a lot of fun! If you have an emerging reader in your home, now is the time to begin phonics practice.

Drawing Boosts Reading Skills in Children

Parents who are keen on honing their child’s reading skills should consider adding one new activity into their routine: drawing. A report presented at the International Conference on new Horizons in Education showed that drawing improved reading abilities and increased powers of observation. Researchers concluded that art may have far greater importance than it Read more…

Earth Day Books for Kids - Red Apple Reading

Earth Day Books for Kids

This Earth Day head outside with your kiddos and enjoy the great outdoors together. While you’re at it, take a book and blanket with you and dive into an earth-friendly read. Red Apple Reading has 10 books for you and your children to enjoy together today or any day.

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Drop Everything and Read!

Each year on April 12, in honor of beloved author Beverly Cleary’s birthday, D.E.A.R. is celebrated. What is D.E.A.R.? It stands for “Drop Everything and Read”. Ramona and her classmates participate in D.E.A.R. activities in Cleary’s book, Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Well, if it’s good enough for Ramona, it’s good Read more…

Reading Routines to Start at Home Now

They may not like to admit it, but children thrive on routine. When structure is built into a child’s day, it helps him know what to expect and thus experience a measure of security. Along with the typical daily routine of eating meals, dressing, and bathing, parents should also incorporate time for reading. Red Apple Reading suggests starting the following reading routines at home today.

It’s Not Too Late to Avoid the Summer Slide!

I’m always amazed how fast our summer slips away. I blink and suddenly it’s the middle of July and all my good intentions for having a productive break have begun to flounder. It can be easy to let learning slide during the summer months, but the cumulative effects of educational inactivity really do add up! The result being our kids end up losing many of the gains they made during the school year. Don’t despair if you have let your kiddos fall into a summer slump. It’s not too late to take hold of the reigns and incorporate a little learning into the rest of the summer holiday. Try including some of the following activities into your kids’ summer schedule.

Preschoolers: Learning Through Play

What do you think of when you think of learning? Do pictures of desks, quiet classrooms, and flashcards come to mind? While there is certainly a time and place for these things, the preschool years are probably not that time. Children (particularly small children) learn best through play and exploration.

Multicultural Children’s Books

Have you ever considered how important it is for a child to pick up a book and see someone who looks like her? Many kids don’t have that experience as often as they should. Multicultural Children’s Book Day is January 27th this year. If you’re looking to expand the selection of multicultural books in your child’s collection, Red Apple Reading has several suggestions to get you started.