Blog posts of '2014' 'July'

How to Motivate Struggling Readers

Giggle Poetry Reading Lessonsby Amy Buswell

Motivation and a positive attitude are the keys to remediating struggling readers. In order for a reader to catch up to his peers he’ll have to read for many hours outside of school. The best way achieve this extracurricular study, is by selecting reading texts that are short and entertaining. In contrast to a typical practice text that can be boring, cumbersome and feel overwhelming to a struggling reader, Giggle Poetry Reading Lessons lets students laugh their way through its short, hilarious poems. Instead of being a loathsome chore, reading these poems will become a welcome challenge, and something they look forward to. By re-reading the poems just a few times, students will notice immediate improvement. And by continuing to practice them, the better and more fluent they will become. The instant improvement they see combined with the “fun factor” of the entertaining text will motivate them to want to read more, and a new, positive cycle filled with progress and joy will be established.

A Typical 30 Minute Practice Session:

  1. Discuss each poem with the child to make sure they understand what the poem is about, any new vocabulary within the poem and the dramatic aspects of the poem.
  2. Provide an example of the kind of prosody that might work well by modeling a reading or performing the poem yourself.
  3. Do a variety of re-reading activities such as echo reading (“I read – You read”), choral reading (“We read together”), and paired reading (friends practice together).
  4. After providing some independent practice time, encourage students to read and perform their poem for the group, so everyone can see and celebrate the improvement everyone has made.

© Amy Buswell from Giggle Poetry Reading Lessons with permission from its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

"What are you saying?"

What are you saying?

© Dan Cangelosi and Joseph Delli Carpini from Italian Without Words with permission from its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

Predicting When Labor Will Begin

Picture of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

by Penny Simkin, PT; et al

Q: Will a vaginal exam tell me when I can expect labor to begin?

A: While a vaginal exam can provide information about the present state of your cervix, it can’t predict when you’ll go into labor or how long your labor will last. If you have a very ripe, effaced cervix, you may go into labor right away or in several weeks. The same is true if you have a thick, firm cervix.

Excerpted from: Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide, Fourth Edition

© copyright 2010 by Parent Trust for Washington Children with permission from its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

Giggle Poetry Reading Lessons

Terry Doherty of Mom's Choice Awards interviews Bruce Lansky about Giggle Poetry Reading Lessons.

Giggle Poetry Reading Lessons is available in stores on August 5 and available now from Meadowbrook Press.

"Little Boy Blue" and "Hickory, Dickory, Dock"

Peter, Peter, Pizza-Eater

© copyright "Little Boy Blue" by Graham Denton and "Hickory, Dickory, Dock" by Robert Scotellaro from Peter, Peter, Pizza-Eater with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

Discipline Without Shouting or Spanking on MomsEveryday

Barbara Unell, coauthor of Discipline Without Shouting or Spanking, appeared on MomsEveryday to talk about discipline and parenting.

"Rowing Machine"

Rowing Machine

© copyright Ed Fischer from You're Never too Old to Laugh with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

Barnes & Noble Storytime Event

Early Birdy Gets the Worm

Join author Bruce Lansky for a PictureReading Event this Saturday!

Early Birdy Gets the Worm is an exciting and funny adventure set in a beautiful springtime forest created by illustrator Bill Bolton. This story is told in pictures so children ages 3 to 6 can read the pictures and enjoy the story.

Saturday July 19, 2014 11:00 AM

Northtown Barnes & Noble
Northcourt Commons
710 County Highway 10 NE, Blaine, MN 55434
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Giggle Poetry Reading Lessons by Amy Buswell

Giggle Poetry Reading Lessons

by Amy Buswell

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Cool Jump-Rope Tricks You Can Do! by David Fisher

Cool Jump-Rope Tricks You Can Do!

by David Fisher

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The Backyard Parade

The Backyard Parade© Lisa Hanson & Heather Kempskie from The Playdate Busy Book with permission of its publisher, Meadowbrook Press.

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