Literacy + Life – Music Playlist

Welcome to the second edition of Literacy + Life, our blog series that shares family literacy activities as a way to promote literacy. Want an easy way to bring literacy to the dinner table? Turn on a little music. There are so many wonderful ways that music can contribute to literacy growth. Lyrics help by adding to vocabulary, enjoying rhyme, or giving listeners a glimpse into a word’s many meanings. Melody can evoke a mood or spur imagination. The myriad of genres introduce different sounds and sound combinations, instrumental and/or vocal. Enjoy your meal together with some dinner music. The sky’s the limit. Maybe you want to share some of your favorite songs; introduce new kinds of music; or bring … Read more

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