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How to Help Prepare Your Kids for End-of-the-Year Reading Tests

Stressed about those end-of-the-year reading tests? Help your child prepare with these quick and easy tips to do at home! Click through to read how to help your child prepare for those end-of-the-year reading tests.

It’s our favorite time of year… after spring break where there is everything from end-of-the-year performances, parties, teacher appreciation week, and those dreaded reading tests. Throw in spring sports, more sunshine in the evenings, and it’s almost impossible not to be dreaming of those summer days with no routine or schedule.

However you feel about these end-of-the-year reading tests, we all want our kids to do well. It may only be one assessment to grade the entire year, so let’s set up your kids for success. These tests may be individual to your school or a statewide end-of-year assessment. Your child’s teacher should share what assessments they will complete by the end of the year.

We want them to show us what they know and do the best they can, so here are 3 tips to help prepare your kids for end-of-the-year reading tests.

  1. Stick to the routine.

I know how difficult this is at the end of the year, but TRY to stick to your bedtime and morning routines. You may not know the exact date of an individual assessment, but if it is a whole-class test, you should know that date ahead of time.

Some ideas to keep constant the day of the test:

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  • Bedtime: A good night’s sleep is so important! You don’t want your child nodding off while reading a passage. Go to bed early if possible!

  • Breakfast: Make it a healthy one! Grab some extra fruit or something to eat in the car. You want your child focused on the test, not on when lunch time is, so try to fill their bellies!

  • How they get to school: You may want to spend extra time that morning with your child and drive them to school when they usually take the bus. Don’t! Let them arrive how they usually arrive so everything is routine.

If your child does have an off morning, let their teacher know. A simple conversation with her may help calm their nerves and get them back on track to having a great day!

2. Talk about it.

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Kids are just like us- they feel nervous when it comes to something new. They may also not care about the tests because it’s not important to them. A simple conversation on how they are feeling about the test can help! Explain that while it’s important, this one single test does not define who they are. It is important though and they need to try their best!

Let them tell you how they’re feeling- try not to give them the feelings by saying, “Are you feeling nervous about tomorrow’s big test?” Instead, keep questions open-ended:

“How are you feeling about tomorrow’s test?”

“Do you have any questions about it? “

“Tell me more about the test.”

Your child’s teacher should already have answered all of their questions, but they might open up to you a bit more. If you don’t have an answer, be honest with your child, and ask their teacher. Having a conversation is an easy way to talk about those fears and reassure your child to simply try their best.

3. Read.

Keep reading aloud that chapter book. Listen to Audible in the car. (If you’re looking for ways to sneak in more reading, read this post). Snuggle up and read the night before the test! One of my favorite books to read before a test is (affiliate link) Dr. Seuss’s Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! In this silly story, the teacher at Diffendoofer School must prove her students were taught to think- or they’ll get sent to the dreaded Flobbertown (sound familiar?!).

You can easily make the connection to state tests with this story. It is a little silly and can help you explain how reading CAN be fun. Remind them that tomorrow they’re just showing their teacher what they know about reading.

Remember to have those conversations as you read! Sometimes, it’s easier to ask how the characters in the book you are reading are feeling about the test. It may give more insight to how your child truly feels if they can talk about the character’s feeling over their own feelings. Are you looking for more ways to talk about books? Download my comprehension bookmark here!

Hopefully these tips help you prepare your kids for those end-of-the-year reading tests! I’d love to know which one helped you most in the comments.



How to Motivate Your Reader with a Reading Nook

Motivating your kids to read can be difficult. Simply switching the space where you are reading can help make it seem more fun and exciting. Click through to read how to make a cozy reading nook in your home.

Do you have to fight with your kids to get them to read? Do you have a set space to read with them? Motivating a child to read can be difficult, so starting with switching up WHERE you read can make a difference. Setting up a reading nook in your home can make reading fun and cozy.

I want you to create a space for reading in your home. I know what you're thinking, "Kim, I already read with my kids in the rocking chair in their room or snuggled up in bed together." That's great~ and keep doing it! Bedtime snuggling reading is one of my favorite spaces to read.

Now I want you to make a different reading space that's NOT in their bedroom. Do you have baskets you could fill with board books or picture books to move around your house? Do you have bean bags or special chairs you could add to that space?

Making a reading tent can motivate your kids to read more!

Making a reading tent can motivate your kids to read more!



Could you...

  • Make a "reading fort" out of blankets and pillows for the day and bring a basket of books inside?

  • Could you climb under your dining room table, lay on your bellies, and read books together?!

  • Could you clean out an old closet, stack it with books, add some string lights, and make a truly cozy reading nook?

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I share in a lot of the talks I give to various mom groups that you may think that last point may be a little extreme, but I actually know someone who did this in their daughter's room. She had so many books she turned the small closet in her room into her reading oasis! She painted the walls pink, added some white Christmas lights, and used the shelves for all of her books. Fun pillows and a warm blanket make it one of the coziest reading nooks I've ever seen! If you're like me and need every inch of closet space in your house, this may not be feasible, but I just wanted to get you thinking outside of the box. Where can you create a reading nook in your home?

Your reading space does NOT have to be permanent! A tent you turn into a reading tent, a special blanket you put outside with bins of books, or even a secret hideaway used for reading can work. Let your kids in on the fun and ask them where they would like to read. You just may be surprised on their creativity!

Where will your reading nook be in your house? Let me know in the comments! And if you’re looking for books to add to your book bins and inspire your kids to read, click here to download a list of my favorites!

Reading Goals: 3 Ways to Fit More Reading in This Year

Do you set reading goals at the beginning of a new year? Some may want to read a certain number of books (19 books in 2019) or read a certain amount per day. Whether you set a goal or haven’t thought about it, I encourage you to try these three easy ways to fit more reading in this year!

1) Read in the car

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Everyone is busy. Rushing to this event or activity. Instead of turning on the DVD player, pop in a book on CD or listen to a book on an app like Audible. Stop the recording about 5 minutes from your destination and discuss what you just listened to together.

2) Schedule time to read together every day.

I’d encourage you to find this time that is NOT right before bed. How do you feel at bedtime? Exhausted? Ready for the day to be done? And sometimes this is when we ask our kids to read to us, something that may be hard already for them, and they have all of these feelings as well.

What if your family reading time was while they ate a snack? Or after they came in from playing outside? Or right before dinner? This doesn’t have to be a set time each day, it can change with your schedule. Just make sure you schedule time each day!

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3) Pair reading with food.

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While I protect dinner time for catching up with the family, all other meals are open! My kids are really enjoying the Stink book series lately so as long as everyone is ready for school, we have been trying to sneak in a chapter at breakfast.

After your child has some time to run around after school or daycare, can you sit with a snack and read a story? Have a picnic outside or snuggle up under a blanket. However you choose to read, eating while reading is more fun!

How will you sneak in more time to read this year? Let me know in the comments! And if you’re looking for books to inspire your kids to read, click here to download a list of my favorites!


The BEST book to read for back-to-school nerves

The Kissing Hand  by Audrey Penn is a great back to school read aloud to prepare your kids for going back to school. Click to read a quick synopsis, questions to ask while reading, and activities to complete with this book. Discussing Chester Raccoon’s feelings and your own child’s feelings about heading back to school helps make this transition a bit easier.

Back to school nerves? Excitement? Stress? Tears? Back to school comes with a whole mix of emotions~ for both you and your child! This month, my littlest intern (for now!) starts kindergarten. (Please note some of the links below are affiliate links. You will not be charged an additional fee, but I may make a small percentage back if you purchase from these links).

One of my favorite books to read as a teacher AND a mom is The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. There are 2 versions of the book: There is a board book version for preschoolers and a paperback version here that I used to read to my first graders!

We have read this book together since the first day of preschool for my oldest intern. I tend to choke back tears as we read about little Chester Racoon leaving for school.

This book covers so many topics that are great for going back to school. The most important thing you can do after reading this story is to TALK to your kids about their feelings with starting school. If you're not getting anywhere with the discussion, you can relate back to Chester Raccoon's feelings in the story.

Ask:

  • How was Chester feeling about going to school?

  • What did his mom do to make him feel better?

  • What does Chester do in school? Do you think you'll do some of those things in school?

  • How are you feeling about going back to school? Do you feel any of the same feelings as Chester?

Honestly, the discussion is much more important than the craft or activity you will make. I find that my little interns are much more open and talk MORE when they are doing something, such as crafting, while they are talking. You may start this small craft and learn a little more about how they feel about the first day of school.

They are so many different activities you can do with The Kissing Hand!

Activities:

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  • make a Chester raccoon out of paper plates

  • bake handprint cookies and put a Hershey's kiss in the palm

  • trace a hand on a piece of paper and add a heart to the center

  • paint a handprint and cut a construction paper or foam heart in the middle of the palm

My little interns just took foam hearts and foam hands I had in stock to make these quick hands. They plan to take them in their backpacks so they remember our conversations and how much love there is at school!

My 5-year-old is SO excited to ride the big yellow school bus. To be honest, that is the thing I stress the most about but I would NEVER tell him that! Validate your child's feelings and talk about it together. You, as the busy mom, have to hold it together and be excited for that first day, no matter how much you want to cry. Wait for that bus to drive away! (And please know I'm writing this more for me than for you).

Are you looking for more books to get your children excited about reading?! Click here for a list of 10 books to inspire a love of reading!

 

DEAR Time: The importance of reading for 20 minutes a day

What is DEAR time?

Have you ever heard of DEAR time? Has your child ever come home from elementary school and talked about reading as a class? DEAR is an acronym that stands for Drop Everything And Read! It's popular to do DEAR time to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2nd.

In my former elementary school, we had a school-wide DEAR time where everyone stopped to read at the same time every day! I encourage you to make DEAR time a part of your daily schedule at home.

Why?

The amount of time your child spends reading each day directly correlates to the number of words your child is exposed to. Reading for only twenty minutes a day has huge effects on reading fluency and vocabulary. Click through to discover ways in which to sneak more reading time in each day.

Independent reading is so very important for multiple reasons. This powerful image illustrates how many minutes your child will read each school year if they read for 20 minutes a day. Check out that vocabulary number! Your child will be exposed to almost two million words simply by reading 20 minutes a day. They are learning and picking up new vocabulary.

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go!” Wise words from Dr. Seuss! The more time you give your child to read, the more you are setting them up for success!

Your children are obviously practicing their decoding and word knowledge skills as they read books on their level. They are also expanding their knowledge on different topics, especially if they've picked up a nonfiction book.

This Dr. Seuss quote is one of my favorites: "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." By giving your child set reading time each and every day, you are setting them up for success in so many different ways! Your child is also improving their writing skills through exposure to new authors and reading new books.

How?

It's tricky to find 20 minutes to read in our busy schedules. Believe me, I know! My little interns keep me on my toes! You have to find what works for your family and your schedule. 

A lot of moms find it easy to read right before bed. Reading is a part of their bedtime routine. This is a great time to squeeze in some reading, as long as your little one isn't too tired to practice their reading skills or listen to you read.

If you have a nap time or a "quiet time" in the afternoon, it may be easy to squeeze in some reading during that time.

You can also have your children read independently as soon as they wake up in the morning. Before their clock turns green and it's okay to wake up, my little interns know they can read books in their room. Is my 4-year-old reading? Not every book, but flipping through pictures and reading from memory is all part of the process!

How will you fit in DEAR time in your busy schedule?

Are you looking for books for DEAR time? Click here to check out some of my favorite books that will inspire your kids to love to read! 

 

 

 

Comprehension: How do I help my kids understand what they're reading?

Your little reader might be cruising along in those early chapter books, just starting to sound out words and figure out sight words, or may just be exploring letters. Whatever stage your reader is at, you can start building those comprehension skills! 

In order to know what they’re reading, we need to build up our children's comprehension skills! We can easily do that by asking questions while we read!

In order to know what they’re reading, we need to build up our children's comprehension skills! We can easily do that by asking questions while we read!

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If you have an emergent reader or someone just starting to read, it's not necessary to expose them to words like characters, setting, or plot. You can simply ask:

  • Who was in the story?

  • Where did the story take place?

  • What part of the story made you happy (sad, excited, etc.)

You can see just with these simple questions we are already starting to discuss characters, setting, and even their favorite part but by using language that's on their level. Do not expect your two-year-old to report back "The characters were brown bear, red bird, ...." but they can probably remember a few of the animals and let you know they were listening while you were reading!

The setting of the story is where and when the story takes place. In this case, it can be as simple as "inside" or "outside." If your child realizes the setting is "in a house" or "at the zoo" that's great, and you can chat more about any details they want to give you. Make sure your expectations match your reader's ability. If you have an older preschooler, they should be able to give you a few more details about where the story takes place.

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Emotional literacy, or being aware of and understanding your own feelings, is a HUGE topic for a whole separate post! Just know that books are great tools to introduce some of those harder concepts like feeling jealous, sad, or scared. If you are reading a book where there is a clear dominant feeling, you can ask your child about it. You can even start having them make connections to stories by asking, "Have you ever felt that way before?"

Books are a great way to start conversations and have meaningful discussions with your little ones. Even the youngest readers can start to think about and understand the story you are reading aloud to them. So cuddle up with a good book and start asking questions! Your little ones will love to tell you all about the story, especially if you make it part of your reading routine!

Reading Fluency: What is it and why is it important?

Reading fluency is basically sounding like you're talking when you are reading aloud. Most beginning readers are not fluent, but you can help! The easiest and best way to help your little one with fluency is to read aloud to them. Click here and read to find more ways to help build up those fluency skills at home!

            Fluency is sounding like you're talking when you are reading aloud. Most beginning readers are not fluent. They are pointing to each word as they read, perhaps sounding out some words, and barely paying attention to those punctuation marks! If. it. sounds. like. your. beginning. reader. is reading. like. this. It's okay~ they're learning to read! Fluency is an important skill because the purpose of reading is to understand what you are reading (comprehension). So, if all of your energy is spent sounding out words and stumbling through a difficult book, you are not going to have any energy left to comprehend the words. This is why we find an "independent reading level" for our kids. On this level, it should be somewhat challenging, but they should be able to read most words on the page and understand what they are reading. So, this fluency piece is important! 

Fluent readers:

  • read at the correct pace

  • pay attention to punctuation marks

  • change their voice for dialogue 

  • emphasize important words

  • use their volume to express the mood

           When your child is an emergent or beginning reader, you are not focusing on building up their rate. You can answer their questions if they ask, "What does this ! funny period mean, Mommy?" or "Why is that word bigger than others?" They may even notice when you're reading that YOU are louder on certain words.

          We are a huge fan of Mo Willems' books in our house. Whenever I get to the page with the big black letters with the red background that says, "DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!," my four-year-old will cover his ears and say, "Don't read it too loud, Mommy!" Your kids pick up on things just from reading aloud to them. I can't stress enough how important it is to read, read, read to your kids! You don't realize it, but you are helping them build those reading skills and teaching how to read with expression simply by reading to them.

          There are certain things you can do to build that fluency at a young age. In school, there are a bunch of formal assessments that measure the accuracy and the speed when you read aloud. At home, it's really just about reading together! The speed, expression, and accuracy will come. 

Some ideas to build fluency in your kids:

  • read to them

  • reread favorite books

  • sing (and read) silly songs or nursery rhymes

  • listen to audio books (and follow the print)

  • video your child reading aloud to you

Read to Your Kids:   

          Reading aloud to your kids has so many benefits, one of which is that they are hearing fluent reading from you. A lot of parents think once their kid has that reading thing down, there's no need to read to them anymore. (Quote from Mem Fox) Reading aloud to your kids has so many benefits, including that your child is being exposed to fluent reading from one of their favorite people: YOU! 

Reread Familiar Books:

          A lot of times when I'm speaking I get asked, "Is it OK if we read the same books over and over? We go to the library, we get new books, and they still want to read the same book each night!" My short answer: YES! It's amazing to hear those old favorites on repeat. Your kids get to hear the same words, same expressions, and they may start picking up on things and ask things like "Mommy, why did your voice go up like that at the end of the sentence?" and you can explain the importance of a question mark. Rereading books has so many benefits!

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         If your child is rereading a book on their independent reading level, you can have some fun and switch up how you read the book together. Reread the book together and take turns reading in a silly voice, a whisper voice, an angry voice, read like you're excited. You can make this as fun or as silly as you want!

Sing & Read Nursery Rhymes or Silly Songs:

          Rereading stories is a great way to practice fluency, and so is rereading nursery rhymes or familiar songs your child knows. You can read a line to them, and they can repeat it back to you if they are unfamiliar with the poem or song. This is called echo reading when you read a line and your child repeats the line. It is helpful if you point to the words, and encourage your little one to point as well. You can even take them for a "finger ride" if it's difficult for them to point to the words. This is where you are pointing to each word with your child's index finger on top of your index finger as you read each word aloud. This is only a tool if your child needs the help tracking the print. If they seem to have it down, let them do this independently! 

          Songs are a fun way to "read" together as well. There are a lot of songs that have been turned into beautiful books with gorgeous illustrations. You can sing a page, and then have your child sing it back to you or sing the next page. This is also a fun way to see if your child is simply singing from memory or is actually tracking the print on the page.

Listen to Audio Books:

          This is a great one for those long road trips! In my elementary classrooms, I always had a Listening Center. At first it was books on CD, then it moved to reading books on the computer, and now I'm sure there's an app for that (wink!). If you're listening to audio books with the intention of improving your child's fluency, they should be reading along in the actual book as well. There are a lot of options for audio books, and we check out a few from our local library.

Video Your Child Reading Aloud:

          Put that smartphone to work! This is great because your little one will want to "practice" before you actually video them reading aloud. My kindergartener loves to practice one of his independent reading books, and then I video him and we send it to his dad at work. You are encouraging rereading simply by saying, "I can't wait to video your best reading!" They may ask you how to say certain words, and you can help them practice. If it's a longer book, just video a part of their reading. They will want to watch themselves read their story aloud, and you'll have a memory of them reading on your phone to cherish! It's a win-win!

          Remember, we focus on building fluency skills so that comprehension piece is easier. When reading is effortless, our little ones can put their energy into what their story was about. One of the best ways to practice fluency is to read aloud to your kids, each and every day! 

          For a list of MY absolute favorite books to inspire your kids to love to read, click here to download the list!

I'd love to know in the comments: How are you building fluency at home?

Learning to Read: The Difference between Emergent and Beginning Readers

What's the difference between Emergent and Beginning Readers, and why does it matter?! Creative Reading Adventures explains the difference, and how it's important to know where your child is to support them as best as you can. Click to read the difference and how to support your little ones on their reading journey.

            Both Emergent and Beginning Readers acquire skills by being read to from parents, teachers, or even older siblings. They learn from your response to their questions and are encouraged by your interest in books and reading. Emergent readers could almost be considered pre-readers. They are starting to experiment with letters, they may know the letters in their name, but do not know all of the letters in the alphabet or the letter sounds. They may point to words but they do not know what word they are pointing to. Beginning readers have this all important concept of the concept of word. Beginning readers know their alphabet. They can spell many of the sounds in a word, and have a few sight words down. The best way to tell if you have a beginning reader is if your child has something that is called the concept of word.

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Concept of Word:          

Concept of word is knowing that each word is a unit in the sentence. Children who have a concept of word can point to each word in a sentence independently. This is also sometimes known as tracking. They will also be able to go back to a familiar text or sentence that they just read and find an easy sight word, such as “the,” if they have a concept of word.

 

Rereading:

            Rereading familiar texts is important for both emergent and beginning readers. A lot of parents worry that their child has memorized the book and that they are not really reading. This could be true, but honestly, for emergent readers, they do rely heavily on their memory of what they just read. You could also try rereading a book only 4 to 6 times and then retiring the book (unless it is a favorite!) for a while. If you think your child is just reading the pictures, you could try covering the pictures up while they read and see if they are paying attention to the print.

Alphabet Activities:

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            Any type of alphabet activity is going to help an emergent reader. Before they can understand words, they will need to learn those letters! Any direct alphabet activities should always start with the letters in the child’s name. I know lots of moms who want to do a “letter of the week” and they start with A and go right through to Z. Please start with the letters that your child is familiar with, which are going to be the letters in their name, your name, their siblings or friends names, and even your pet’s name. There’s no “rule” that says you must go in alphabetical order to teach the alphabet. In fact, you should NEVER go in ABC order to teach the ABCs. Start with capital letters but remember there are lowercase letters (and many look different!) that you’ll have to expose those emergent readers to as well!

Writing:

          A lot of emergent reading material are those simple sentences where they can color in the picture and fill in how many penguins or bugs they see on a page. This is to get them familiar with print matching the pictures. A lot of preschool material that comes home to your house should be helping your emergent readers become familiar with print and pictures. Your Emergent Reader should always play with books, and experiment with markers, crayons, pencils, and paper. Their "writing" may look like scribbles at this point, but simply ask them to tell them the story they are writing. They know what it says!

Beginner vs. Emergent Reader:

           By the end of the Emergent Reader stage, your reader can “pretend” to read, can retell a story when looking at the pages of a book that you previously read to them, can name the letters of the alphabet and produce most sounds, and can print their own name. While everyone’s reading development is different, a typical reader usually enters Kindergarten as a Beginning Reader. They have acquired all the Emergent Reader skills and are ready to read!

           Tracking print happens when a child has a complete concept of word. They understand that letters make up words and that the spaces in between words make each word a separate unit. This is a HUGE concept for little ones to understand, and they pick it up simply from reading and being read to at an early age. It’s amazing to think of all that information coming together to understand what a word actually is. That is the concept of word.


Beginning Readers

  • have a concept of word

  • can “track” print

  • know many sight words

  • can “sound out” unfamiliar words

   Emergent Readers

  • learning their letters and sounds

  • can distinguish between print and pictures

  • “read” from pictures

  • “write” with scribbles, eventually write the letters in their name


Decoding:

            Beginning Readers are learning the relationships between letters and sounds. In this stage, the focus is on phonemic awareness (sounds), phonics (letters to sound), and decoding skills. Your reader will start to read simple text that has a lot of high frequency words and easy-to-decode words. You may hear your Beginning Reader “sounding out” new one-syllable words. While a lot of the focus for emergent and beginning readers is on letter sounds and decoding skills, you also want to remember the comprehension piece. Your child should also be understanding what you read to them or what they are reading to you!

How to Help Your Reader:

           When your emergent or beginning reader gets stuck on a word or seems to be struggling, what’s the first thing you want to do? Help them, right!? Intervene, tell them the word to help them out, or even read the whole page to them. I’m asking you to do a really hard thing: STOP. Don’t help. Wait a minute or two and let your child try to solve the problem on their own. This is so hard for us as parents since we are always trying to help and want what’s best for our kids! I’m telling you, what’s best in this situation, is to stop and wait. It’s very difficult to learn perseverance or how to reread to figure out the right words when someone is always correcting you.

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            Obviously, if your child is truly struggling or you see them getting frustrated, step in. Here are some ways to help when they are substituting a wrong word without telling them exactly what the word is. These questions are from Johnston, Invernizzi, and Juel's Book Buddies book:

  • Does that make sense? Try it again.”
  • “Does that sound right?” Try it again.”
  • “Let’s look at this word again. What letter do you see at the beginning?”
  • “Try using this sound to say the word.” (Point to the first letter)
  • “Could this word be (say the word they said)? Why not?”
  • “What else could you try there?”
  • “(Their word) makes sense, but look at the first letter.”
  • “You’ve almost got it, let’s try again.” 

           Your Emergent and Beginning Reader is going to need a lot of support in developing their reading skills. The best way to help your reader is to read aloud to them! Expose them to lots of different types of books, discuss what's happening in those books, and spread a love of reading. You can download my favorite 10 Books to Inspire a Love of Reading in your child here.

           This blog will contain different ideas to help develop those beginning skills. It's important for you to determine what stage your reader is in so you can pick the best activities to help support them! If you're looking for more support from other busy moms and me, a certified reading specialist, head on over and click to join the Creative Reading Adventures Facebook group.

Do you have an Emergent or Beginning reader? Tell me about them in the comments!

Creative Reading Adventures: Read the Founder's Story

           My story begins as a young child who would max out her library card at the public library every week. You were only allowed to take out 17 books for a two week period, which the sweet librarian soon upped to 25 just for me. I would still need to "borrow" some of my mom's library count and take out books on her card.

I always had my nose in a book...

This became problematic when I started to drive and had no idea where to go since I was always reading in the car! To this day, I still blame my lack of directional skills on my reading wherever we traveled!

           I still love to learn and to read (when there's time!). One of my personal goals for this year was to read a chapter a day. I am proud to say I have stuck with this goal and usually read more than one chapter! From professional books to fiction books to reading to my kids, reading is a huge part of my life!

           I was an elementary school teacher (teaching fourth, third, and then first grades), have my Masters in Reading Education from the University of Virginia, and now juggle being a reading consultant and my two young boys who keep me busy! My passion for reading, my teaching background, and my experience as a mom led to Creative Reading Adventures.
 

Meet Kim Creigh of Creative Reading Adventures

Meet Kim Creigh:

Avid reader.
Former teacher.
Lover of coffee, crafting, and great friends.

Ten things about me you don’t necessarily need to know, but you may be wondering:
1. I live in Northern Virginia.
2. I am a mom to two amazing boys!
3. I love to travel.
4. I love to cook, bake, & try new recipes (when there's time!).
5. I have a Westie who loves to snuggle!
6. I grew up in Rhode Island~ smallest state with the longest name!
7. I pretend I'm a runner and randomly train for half marathons. One of my biggest goals is to run the princess half in Disney (one day!).
8. I absolutely LOVE black olives. 
9. Even though I’m petrified of heights, I went zip-lining with my best friend in Costa Rica!
10. I use exclamation points excessively, but it really is because I’m THAT excited about what I do!!

Little intern to Creative Reading Adventures

           I am excited to share more about my passion for reading and why it's SO important we start at such a young age. Welcome to the Creative Reading Adventures blog!  Come say "hi" over in my FREE Facebook group, Creative Reading Adventures, a place for busy moms just like you. Click here to join the Creative Reading Adventures Facebook group.

So many books, so little time. Creative Reading Adventures.

Favorite Books:

          I'm always asked what my favorite book is, and I honestly cannot answer this question! It changes depending on what mood I'm in, what book you're looking for, and the book's purpose. I can tell you I just finished A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, and I'm currently reading Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist. I loved the Harry Potter and Twilight series, and enjoy most teen fiction books! I love To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale. I also love reading books before they become a movie (because the book is always better, right?!) so that can make me pick up a book that I wouldn't normally pick up to read. I also love being a part of book clubs that help expand my reading repertoire!

Kids' Books:

          As for kids' books, I cannot even begin to name my favorites! I'll be sharing lots with you on this blog and over in my free Facebook group, Creative Reading Adventures. For now, you can click here to grab my list of 10 Books to Inspire a Love of Reading with your kids if you want to get a head start!

Let me know your favorite book in the comments!