Category Archives: Kids Literacy


5 Innovative Ways to Prevent Summer Slide

Tablet5 reading apps your kids will enjoy doing– so no arguments about doing ‘work’ over the summer. Combining reading with a game challenge works like a charm to get them into it.

5 MORE Innovative Ways to Prevent Summer Slide

These apps cover a range of ages and ability levels, so you’ll find something here for your reader.

Preschool Books

PreSchool Book Ideas

Preschool BooksThis Pinterest Board has many good ideas for books for preschool kids. While geared to a classroom situation, books can be enjoyed anywhere, making this a good parental resource.

Head Start Ideas

Do check out the website that lists picture books by subject, so you can gear your reading to what’s going on in your preschoolers life.

A home with books is a home filled with learners.

Coin Rubbings

Coin Rubbings

Coin RubbingsThe kids will probably have never made a ‘rubbing’ before, so it will be new and interesting. Just take a variety of coins, fairly heavy white paper  and their crayons and colored pencils. Minimal set up and virtually mess free.

Art and Math Activities : Coin Rubbings.

After the art, have the child match the rubbings to the coins and write down the values of each. Move on to how many pennies in a nickel, etc. A sneaky way to get in a little summertime math.


Creating a Home Library + Great Reading Resource

BookshelvesGood ideas here for fostering a sense of ownership and delight in the books that allow for the experience of reading. Give the kids their own library full of their own books, be they new or found at tag sales or from the library. Print off bookplates to designate ownership and pride in ownership. Work together to organize the books as the child wants.

Creating a Home Library | Reading Topics A-Z | Reading Rockets.

If books are important in your home and in your child’s own space, it’s a good step toward making reading an important component of your child’s life.

AND, is a terrific resource for parents about books covering a wide range of subject areas and a wide range of ages- bookmark it!

Reading Nook

DIY Cozy Reading Fort

Reading NookRecycle that old crib mattress and some bright and colorful sheets into this cozy reading nook. Who wouldn’t want to cozy up with a good book in such a delightful spot that was all there own?

small + friendly: DIY Cozy Reading Fort.

Anything that encourages books and reading is a great thing! I’d add a pretty basket full of appropriate books right beside it.

3rd Grade Reading List

Into 3rd Grade Summer Reading List

3rd Grade Reading ListMore helpful summer slide prevention from pragmatic – a reading list for your going to be 3rd grader for books for the summer.

Rising 2nd Grade Summer Reading List : PragmaticMom.

Have you put this kids’ reading source blog on your bookmark list yet? It’s worth having a look before you head to the library with the kids so you can take good book ideas along with you.

Comic Book

Writing Comic Books

Comic BookThis might be an easy way to get some writing done over the summer– what kid doesn’t like comics? Here are printable templates with all the boxes so the creativity can just flow and get down on the paper. – Make Your Own Comic Books.

If your child is resistant to writing, turning it into a more enjoyable task like comic books may just do the trick. Make some blank books and just leave them where they’ll be found and who knows what might happen!


Stories for Middle Schoolers

EmblazonA just launched site to help you find good stories for your middle school reader– some giveaways happening now for the launch too!

Emblazon | Writing Stories on the Hearts of Children

Tweens fall somewhere between children and young adults in the book category, and finding material that engages them can be a challenge. So bookmark this site and check back every Wednesday when they will be posting new recommendations

Fairy Tale Fridge Magnets

Fairytale Fridge Magnets

Fairy Tale Fridge MagnetsJust like the letters on the frig that encourage them to play and learn, these fairy tale ‘story starter’ magnets do the same for creating stories and narrative.

Fairytale fridge magnets – NurtureStore.

Well before they learn to write, kids begin to learn the sequencing of stories and about beginning, middle and end. An open ended prompt like these homemade magnets encourage the development of this important skill.

Your child a bit under foot in the kitchen? Have him or her go the frig and use the magnets to make up a story to tell you. Everybody wins.

Bratty Books

Good Books With Bratty Characters

Bratty BooksOur kids don’t learn to read just so they can read– it’s important because reading is the key to much knowledge and learning.

And that learning can start very early when we read to and with our kids, and should influence the choice of at least some of the books we choose. As we strive to teach our young ones about good behavior, books can help.

Good Books With Bratty Characters { and why you should check them out } – No Time For Flash Cards.

They may laugh at the ‘bad’ behavior of characters in books, but they still recognize it for what it is. These books create teachable moments and talking points to help our kids learn more than just how to read.