Literacy + Life – Books about Snow

 Welcome to 2015! One of our goals at the Reading Tub is to bring literacy home for families. Yes, it is about sharing books and getting children excited about reading. But it is also about engaging readers with their world. We’re kicking off 2015 by launching a new literacy series! Literacy + Life is a new series that combines books and related activities on a specific topic. It isn’t a new idea, there are some great blogs that share ideas to bring books to life. Our goal is to illustrate that literacy is part of our daily life. Some parents are overwhelmed by having to “add” literacy activities to their very busy days. Not all of us like arts and crafts. … Read more

Thanksgiving with a Literacy Side

Yeah! The kids are home. The schedule is “between seasons,” so the kids need something to do. Why not let them help you get ready for Thanksgiving? You may not be ready to hand over an apron, but there are other ways they can help. Here are some ideas that will keep them busy and use materials that you already have around the house. Who knows, they might even become new Thanksgiving traditions. Thanksgiving Place Cards We started using place cards when my daughter was learning to read. One year we wrote out the names for her on a piece of paper, and she wrote them on her foam-cutout leaves. Another year we lined them all up and would read … Read more

Literacy Ideas for a Snowy Day

Happy Read Across America Day! Every day is a day to celebrate reading and literacy, so we’re going to pull some tried-and-true suggestions from the Literacy Lalapalooza archive. All of them perfectly suitable for having fun on yet another snow day. Literacy Ideas: Easy as 1, 2, 3 1. Basketball is most definitely on our minds here in Hooville! and March Madness is just around the corner. H-O-R-S-E can be played outdoors or indoors with a paper-wad and a trash can! Use any word you want for the game – let the kids pick (and of course spell their choice). 2. Today is National Anthem Day. If you had a “personal anthem” what would that be – a song, a … Read more