At Home Literacy Activity – Sight Words

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What kid wouldn’t love a cute little word-a-pillar like this one?

What are sight words?

Sight words, or high frequency words, are the words that many teachers recommend children memorize or recognize on sight.  These words are often difficult to decode because they don’t follow the rules established for decoding English; in other words they are hard to sound out.  In the 1930’s a gentleman, by the name of Edward William Dolch, created a list of the 220 most common words found in children’s literature and determined that by recognizing these words children would gain better fluency in their reading.

How will learning sight words benefit my child?

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At Home Literacy Activity – Environmental Print

What is environmental print?  Environmental print is the print found in everyday life.  It is the name that is given to the print that you see on signs, labels and logos.  Children begin reading environmental print at early ages.  By doing this they are developing print awareness, one of the many steps needed when learning to read.

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Aliens, Enemies and Secrets…Oh my!

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I must admit that I was very skeptical when this book was recommended to me….Aliens? Really?

My favorite genre is fantasy, closely followed by sci-fi, so there is no reason why this book would not appeal to me.  But I think I am just too used to reading about vampires and werewolves that for some reason aliens sounded far-fetched to me.  Go figure!

Contrary to my initial reaction, this book was awesome!  I sat and finished the second half of the book in one sitting because I could not put it down.  There are also 4 books in this series currently, so I cannot wait to pick up #2!  I loved the characters witty banter and complex relationship.  It was so refreshing to see a teen book where the main character did not immediately fall in love with a boy that she barely knew!  Below is a little teaser of the storyline to get you hooked: Continue reading “Aliens, Enemies and Secrets…Oh my!”

What if you knew you would kill someone if you fell asleep??

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Sleepless

By: Thomas Fahy

Emma and her friends are all connected by a deadly secret.  Everyone who knows the secret is starting to sleepwalk….

A few days after the first time you walk in your sleep, you kill someone. That’s how the end begins.

Now Emma has been having bloody and violent nightmares.  She is also sleepwalking; she isn’t where she was when she fell asleep.  Will she be the next killer?

And how are you supposed to stop yourself if you can never sleep again?

Join Emma and her friends as they attempt to unwind the mystery and murder that is haunting them all!