Can Effective Teaching Strategies Include Comics For Kids?

Can Comics for Kids be One of Several Effective Teaching Strategies? Comics are just one more avenue where readers can use context and picture clues, to teach them how to read and write.  Comic books are a fun way to engage children in reading.  For struggling readers, comic books can be an extra good resource because they are usually shorter than many  books, so they aren't as overwhelming.  Also, the visuals help readers to more easily understand what is happening in the story. Sometimes just getting children to read in the first place can be a challenge.  Comic books can be one of several effective reading comprehension strategies.  They can help get kids interested in reading and hopefully they will progress from there. I have to think that if the reader enjoys the comic book format, he/she will definitely learn to be a better reader and writer.  It just makes sense.  The more you enjoy something, the more you do it, the more you learn from it. Comics Used as Primary … [Read more...]

Looking for Free Books online this Fall?

If you need FREE books on Kindle for the kids, "Doggy loves Autumn" is probably just the book you are looking for! In this book, the second in the "Ella the Doggy" book series, you and the children can follow along with Ella the Doggy, as she keeps busy during the Fall season! Fall Outdoor Activities Ella is having lots of fun as the weather cools down in Minnesota. While on her walks outside, she notices lots of changes in the colors... and she keeps busy snacking on foods from the garden! Indoor Activities Inside the house, there is even more action as Ella sees her people family celebrating Halloween... and Thanksgiving! As a reminder, the following are some of the benefits of reading to children: Improved speech and language development Children learn how to pronounce new words Vocabulary expansion Children tend to do better in school Helps build a life long interest in reading Children learn how to listen Helps children grasp grammar and … [Read more...]

Puzzle Games from Ella the Doggy

Just in time for Fall -  Puzzle Games from Ella the Doggy! Snuggle in with your little ones and have some fun with these puzzle pages. Below you will find both a printable crossword puzzle and a word search game from "Doggy Loves Autumn!" You can find most of the answers without the book, but it's  extra fun to have the book and let your children look for the answers in the book if they need help. Suggestions for completing these printable puzzles: 1. Let your Kindergartner and early school-age children try them by themselves OR... 2. Do the puzzles together with your younger child.  Adults will enjoy theses puzzles too.   (The answers for the above puzzle are posted at the bottom of this page). If you are not already on "Ella the Doggy's" reading list, here is what you are missing out on: 1) A link to receive a FREE audio download of “Doggy’s Busy Day 2) FREE coloring pages of Ella to print and color 3) An entry into the monthly drawing for an “Ella the … [Read more...]

Reading – One of the Great Indoor Activities for Kids!

Photo: flickr.com/people/adwriter" It's a sad, but true fact. It's getting harder and harder to get children reading more books instead of doing other things, such as gaming. That's why it's so important to use reading as a mainstay for indoor activities for kids. In this new age of electronics and the allure of all the gaming possibilities, it seems many children are becoming virtually addicted to playing computer games.  Even on beautiful Spring and Summer days, my son would spend all his free time playing computerized games, it was left up to him. And now that the cold, winter months will soon be upon us, it often becomes even more challenging to entice our children to do productive things with their time - especially for a family who lives in Minnesota, as we do.  In our neck of the woods, there are way too many days that I can not send my son outside to do something, because it is physically just too cold. So, if our children have to be indoors on certain days, what's a … [Read more...]

Learn Spanish with your kids the FREE and FUN way!

Have you ever wanted to learn a new language?  You and the young ones in your life can start now!  Ella the doggy's first book, "Doggy's Busy Day," is now  available as "El Día Ocupado de la Perrita." And even better yet, you can get a FREE download of the book right now!   But...this offer is only good from July 23-July 25, so order your copy before time runs out and you forget!  The book is available HERE, both as a Kindle download and in paperback. One thing great about "El Día Ocupado de la Perrita/Doggy's Busy Day" is that this book is bilingual, as it includes both the Spanish and the English words on the same page.  This makes it easier to compare the words in the two languages and enables readers to learn the new words faster. Studies show that you can learn a new language at any age, but studies have also shown that the younger you start, the easier it is.  It's also a proven fact that people learn quicker if they are enjoying themselves while learning.  I have … [Read more...]

Need a fun break today? Look no further!

  We often don't take the time we need to relax and have fun on a regular basis.  We need to take that break for lots of reasons that we are all probably aware of.  If you are thinking right now that you don't have time to relax, I do know the feeling.  However many studies have shown that when we take some time to relax and "get away from it all," even for just a few minutes, we are usually more productive when we do return to our work. With that in mind, we created a "mini break" for you HERE!  When you click this link, you will find a word find puzzle that includes the words from Ella's second book, "Doggy Finds Her Bone."  You can print the sheet out and do it by yourself, share it with the kids, or print a second one out and you can each do it on your own! The important thing is that you do it.  Put your work on the back burner for just a little while and I can pretty much promise you that you will be glad you did! This fun little activity is waiting for you.  … [Read more...]

What Kind of Books Do Kids Like?

As parents, we may not realize how important it is to read to our children as early as possible, beginning with infancy.  Reading to children promotes strong cerebral, and emotional development.  Any positive interaction between parent and child is helpful to a child's growth, but reading is by far one of the very best ways. Different features in books, such as phrasing, and pictures appeal to different age groups.  As parents, we should understand what type of books are best for a youngster at certain learning stages in their lives.   Although every child is different, the following is a basic breakdown of the kind of books that children react to and enjoy at certain ages: Newborn to 12 months:  children at this age react to solid, large books with big bright pictures.   Remember that your little one's vision is still evolving daily and the images we see may be clearer than their view.  Big pictures stand out better and capture their attention.  Books with covered and protected photos … [Read more...]

Your dog needs exercise every day!

Giving your dog exercise every day has many benefits. Ella on a walk.  Can you see the smile on her face?  As expected, this time of year brings colder weather - much colder weather in some parts of the United States! I live in Minnesota, so our temperatures can be very frigid this time of year, to say the least.  Most days it's hard to motivate myself to get outside, even though I know that the fresh air, exercise and (on a good day) sunshine will invigorate me. If you have a pet like many people do, he/she will  benefit from the same things that you do when you get outside.  When dogs get enough exercise, they are usually less hyper inside, which is an especially good thing for a dog who needs lots of exercise like a Siberian Husky.  The Husky is a very inquisitive (nosy) and active (mischievous) animal.  So...if you don't keep them busy, you could pay for it in other ways if they get bored.  I have witnessed first hand what a bored husky can do.   Our first Husky, Camper, … [Read more...]