Fun with Words – Reading with Kids

In our first collection of Reading with Kids ideas, we shared our suggestions for books with sounds we love. From animal voices to transportation sounds, we have a little bit of everything. Today it is all about having fun with words. Silly words. Made-up words Words that sound like you have marbles in your mouth. Words that are tongue twisters all by themselves. The best part? When you’re having fun with words, there is no right or wrong pronunciation. The sillier the better. Who knows, you and your kids may even coin your own new word! Rhyming words are another way to have fun with words. We love books in rhyme, and this collection has a few of those, too. … Read more

12 Days of Christmas – A Literacy Feast

The 12 Days of Christmas begin today. We are “off the grid” for the rest of the year. Like you we are enjoying time with family and friends. Our gift to you is a collection of 12 Days of Christmas. Literacy style. Enjoy some of our favorite literacy finds this year. Our 12 Days offers some new research,  creative literacy ideas, and a few book list suggestions. This is the only 12 Days of Christmas that give you the guilt-free answer to “I’m bored” during Winter Break. Grab a cup of eggnog (or your favorite holiday beverage), sit back, and enjoy the feast! 12 Days of Christmas for Literacy Curators Create ONE own family cookbook – Read it or Scoop.it from … Read more

Christmas is Here – Literacy Lalapalooza 14

Our year-long celebration has come to an end. As I said in my newsletter, it seems only fitting that the last Literacy Lalapalooza is during Read a New Book Month. The Reading Tub is now officially a “tween,” having just turned 11. Merry Christmas! Don’t worry, we’ll still be talking about creative ways to promote literacy for families. We recently launched a new series here on the blog, and in January we’ll start a monthly series with a book recommendation tailored just for your reading interests. If you’re already a Wash Rag subscriber, just update your profile to include the genres your kids like to read and their ages. Before we jump in this last time, I’d like to wish you … Read more