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Summer Read Aloud Challenge

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Summer Read Aloud

“Hold on to instruction; don’t let go. Guard it, for it is your life.” Proverbs 4:13

By: Jennifer Mullen

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My daughter graduates from pre-k tomorrow!  ***sigh***  Aside from the bitter-sweetness of this milestone, I am realizing that the rest of the kindergarten prep is up to me now.  In three months she will step foot out of my car and enter the world of grammar school.  Every parent wonders if their child will be ready socially, emotionally, and academically.

So what am I going to do to ensure readiness? Continue reading

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Read Aloud Tips: Ideas to help your children deepen their understanding of stories

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Summer Read Aloud

“The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction. Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it…” Prov. 16:21-22a

By: Dana Baran

In my last post, I talked about the power stories have and the vital role reading aloud with your children plays in their character development and spiritual formation.  Mosaic of Moms has partnered with Read Aloud 15 Minutes to help you stay accountable for reading with your child. But what power can reading aloud have if your child has trouble understanding the book? As a reading teacher, I spent a lot of time modeling and practicing comprehension strategies with my students. These are simple reading techniques that good readers do automatically, but that emerging readers need to see modeled. Who better to show them how to be a good reader than you?

Here are a few easy strategies to help your child deepen his or her understanding of the story: Continue reading

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Reading: A Spiritual Experience

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Summer Read Aloud

Psalm 119:103-104 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.”

By: Dana Baran

I am passionate about reading. For as long as I can remember I’ve been a reader. Mom likes to tell people that I taught myself to read when I was four, and began reading chapter books around age six (lest you think I’m some sort of genius, let me assure you that my precociousness in this area was balanced out by struggles in others…namely math and spelling).  I have always been captivated by the power stories have –  to let us travel to faraway places and times, to give us adventures, to allow us to vicariously face dangers, and to give us fantastic friends we can visit again and again (I’m a fan of re-reading favorite books). Continue reading

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Summer Reading List: From Pre-School to Middle School

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Summer Read Aloud

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

By: Jennifer Clark

As a teacher, I am often asked by parents what they can do to help their children in school. My answer is simple: read.

Read to your children.  Read with your children.  Read in front of your children. I am very lucky. I had a dad who read to me every night and took me to the library often. He instilled in me a deep love of reading that lasts to this day.

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With that in mind and in connection with our Summer Read Aloud Challenge, I have compiled a summer reading list for young children through middle school. Continue reading