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Leveled Reading Passages

One of my favorite websites to find reading passages to use is www.readworks.org.  Readworks is a free site full of useful reading tools including leveled reading passages.  The site is perfect for struggling readers, finding themed passages, and even reading lesson ideas. Reading Passages Readworks has a huge selection of reading passages for all elementary and middle school grade levels.  The passages include both

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Math Live: Math Lessons with Cartoons

Math can be tricky for kids.  If we’re honest, it can be confusing for adults too.  Often parents that need to help their children with homework or teach math concepts when homeschooling struggle to understand the math work themselves.  Math Live is a website that teaches math concepts in a way that children can understand them.  There are several useful features found on this

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Inspiring TED Talks for Children

By now, you may have heard of the very popular TED talks.  Experts in an area are asked to present an inspiring speech on that topic.  The talks are so popular because the topics are presented in an interesting and easy to understand format.  But TED talks are not just for adults.  There are some amazing speeches given either by children or by adults

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Voice Dream Reader App

Who doesn’t have a smartphone these days?  Even many kids have access to tablets, iPods, and iPhones.  One amazing app that is available from iTunes is called Voice Dream Reader.  While the app is slightly pricy, it will be a valuable tool in encouraging reading in your children. What is Voice Dream Reader? Voice Dream Reader is an app that allows you to upload

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An Epic! Reading App

Almost every child these days either owns a tablet or has one available for them to use.  They use them to play games, watch shows, and sometimes do school work.  Kids have no problem downloading free games and movies to fill their tablets.  When it comes to buying books however, it can be challenging for children to find free books.  Constantly having to ask

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Typing: A Necessary Skill

We live in a world filled with technology.  Even children love using tablets, phones, and computers to find information, read books, and play games.  With all this technology, many middle school teachers are requiring students to type reports and papers before turning them in.  While this is a great goal, many schools are not teaching typing to elementary age children. If you are wanting

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Online Reading Games for Parents and Kids

I recently discovered a fun website for teaching and reviewing some important reading concepts.  Blue Ribbon Readers was designed by PBS and Penn State University to help parents teach literacy to their children.  The site uses games and lessons to cover 7 different reading strategies. Questioning Cube – This game has a short story for your child to read.  After reading the story, the

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Educational Hi-Tech Christmas Gifts

Christmas is right around the corner. Most kids these days want some form of technology for Christmas.  The good news is that you can find gifts that are both technological and educational for children of all ages.  Here are a few technology filled gift ideas for you. The Nabi Tablet Nabi has several tablets suitable for all ages of children.  The tablets have a

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