Introducing Tone and Mood to Young Readers

My last blog post went over tips for teaching readers to make inferences as well as why it is important to make inferences. This blog post will switch thinking to go over tone and mood within stories. Tips for teaching tone and mood as well as why it is important to teach this will be covered.

What is meant by tone and mood? Does knowing about tone and mood really matter? I believe it does. Knowledge of tone and mood plays an important role whether we are watching tv, playing video games or reading a book.

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Tips for Helping Readers Make Inferences

Have you ever watched a television commercial with your child that required you to read between the lines in order to understand it? Doing so meant that you were able to make inferences.

What does it mean to make inferences?

Oxford dictionary defines infer as a verb meaning to “deduce or conclude (something) from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements.”

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Redefining Failure… It is Essential for Success

Oxford dictionary features 3 definitions of failure. The first definition is simply ‘lack of success.’ The second definition of failure is ‘the neglect or omission of expected or required action.’ Hmmm…

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Fear of failure is a term I’m sure everyone is familiar with. After all, fear of failure is the excuse many individuals use to hold back from fulfilling their full potential. I’m sure we’ve all been there at some point where we prevent ourselves from even trying something, even if the rewards could be great. I know I sure have been there too many times!

what would you do if you knew you could not fail?
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The Best Chapter Books for Reluctant Boy Readers

Last week I wrote about The Best Chapter Books for Reluctant Girl Readers. 

This week, I am expanding on this concept to include my favorite chapter books for reluctant boy readers.

There are so many books out there, yet finding one that our child will engage with can be especially difficult when our child does not particularly love to read. If you have a reluctant reader in your life, you realize the importance of having books that are not only readable for your child, but also are viewed as acceptable by peers. This is especially true when it is time to read in school.

This is why I have created this list of 10 awesome chapter books/series that are great for the reluctant boy reader in your life.

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The Best Chapter Books for Reluctant Girl Readers

If you have a reluctant reader in your life, you realize the importance of having books that are not only readable for your child, but also are viewed as appropriate and cool by peers. This is especially true when it is time to read in school. To simplify this process, I have created a list of my favorite chapter books for reluctant girl readers. 

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More of the Best Reading Comprehension Strategies

Last week, I went over a few of my favorite reading comprehension strategies. This week, I will be going over a few more.

What is reading comprehension? Reading comprehension refers to one’s ability to recall and understand information that was read. It also refers to an individual’s ability to compare what was read with information the reader already knows. Reading comprehension is important because it really is the difference between someone simply reading words and someone reading as an “active participant” in his/her reading. The reader becomes much more engaged as reading becomes more fun and more informative.

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This is where reading comprehension strategies come in. Here are a few more to add to my post from last week!

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The Best Reading Comprehension Strategies

Reading is a true gift that opens up our world. Those who read well cannot imagine life without it! However, those who struggle with reading can be haunted by the need for it on a regular basis. This is even true for people who read words easily but fail to make the necessary connections for reading to be enjoyable. This last group requires reading comprehension strategies to be specifically taught and practiced.

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More Inspiring Children’s Book Authors with Dyslexia

A few weeks ago I posted about some inspiring children’s book authors with dyslexia. I stated that there would be more to come. This blog post is one that focuses on more individuals who have been diagnosed with dyslexia, yet went on to author children’s books as adults. I write it in hopes that it may help to inspire youth who currently struggle with the reading process.

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Predicting Future Success of Students

My mom has a traumatic brain injury. The consequences of the brain injury have been difficult to accept. Although she did return in the slightest bit to become a shell of her former self for a year or two after the injury, she is no longer there at all. Over the past few years, she has steadily and dramatically declined.

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