Back-to-school Time: Make it a Family Adventure

Ready or not, it is back-to-school time for students of all ages.  Gone (or almost gone) are the unscheduled days and late nights.  In come the more structured days and homework routine. Some of us love the rituals that come with school … some of us don’t. While back-to school may not be your favorite thing, there is no reason it has to be drudgery either. Here are a couple of ideas that can make the process more enjoyable for everyone . Back-to-School Adventure Idea 1: Revive the bedtime story time For lots of reasons – later bedtimes, daily reading requirements to name two – we abandoned our evening read aloud this summer. We did read together a few times, … Read more

Literacy Lalapalooza 10 – Keep Summer Fun Alive

August already?! I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready for summer fun to end! Welcome to our 10th Literacy Lalapalooza! Each month since November 2012, we have been celebrating the Reading Tub’s 10th Anniversary. Our goal is to offer simple ways to integrate literacy into everyday activities or moments, as well as some reading ideas. Each edition of the Lalapalooza  has ONE idea for literacy and reading; TWO tools or resource suggestions, and THREE book recommendations (one for each reading age). There is newsletter edition, too! So DOUBLE the creative literacy ideas and sign up today. Subscribers already got their email with a completely unique set of summer fun recommendations with a literacy twist. If you didn’t get it, don’t worry, … Read more

Two Mother’s Day Gift Ideas with a Family Literacy Twist

Who better to ask for Mother’s Day gift ideas than other moms? If your wife is like me, then what she really wants is a gift from the heart. My favorite Mother’s Day gifts are handmade. These are treasures I keep close by all year long. Right now there are Mother’s Day projects underway in many preschool and elementary classrooms across the country.  Want a gift from the whole  family, then keep reading … I had the honor of reading award-winning author/illustrator Marianne Richmond’s picture books for the Reading Tub. Marianne has a new book (which we haven’t read or reviewed) but we have loved her other books … Mama Bear telling Barley the story of his adoption in I … Read more