UPDATED: Literacy + Kindergarten = From ABCs to Reading Words

Wow! We’re here already! Welcome to the last day of Share a Story – Shape a Future 2013. It has been a wonderful week of exploring the early stages of literacy. Today, we’re celebrating that transition from identifying letters to putting them together to recognizing words and writing them, too! The moment when our kids realize they are really reading all by themselves is magical! I tend to liken it to Christmas morning … and our guests today, do as well. Susan Stephenson reminds us that reading is not just books at the Book Chook; Debbie Alvarez describes the Kindergarten Reader at The Styling Librarian; Mia Wenjen explains the reading and writing connection in her post Invented Spelling and Creating … Read more

Children’s Literacy and Reading News Roundup – End of December / Start of January

Like you, Jen Robinson (Jen Robinson’s Book Page), Carol Rasco (Rasco from RIF), and I were off enjoying the holidays and a busy end of year. It was nice to take a more leisurely slide into the new year (not to mention a lot of exciting news awaiting us on January 1!) so Carol has just recently posted the December in Review edition of the Children’s Literacy and Reading News Roundup! Carol and Jen always seem to find the coolest stuff. Their pieces of literacy news are like presents that you needed but didn’t even realize it. Like the Little Free Library project. I want one of those boxes in my yard! In the coming year the project is going international, so … Read more

Find Us at EdGeeks.com Today

Today over at EdGeeks.com, Marisa Kaplan was kind enough to share a post that I wrote about easy ways to engage kids in literacy-building activities as a family. I hope you’ll stop by to say “hi” to Marisa and check out EdGeeks.com, it is a wonderful resource on very simple, practical ways to connect kids with learning and reading. I’ve also pasted in a copy of the article here. Enjoy! If I say the word “literacy,” what do you see? A book? a teacher? a notebook? a cereal box? your kids’ drawings? toys? What would you say if I told you all of those things play a role in your child’s literacy development. It is true! Long before your child … Read more