Is Reading a Low Priority? 9 Ways to Encourage Reading In Your Home

9 easy ways to help your family learn to love to read, no matter their ages

"I assign 30 minutes of reading each night," said my 6th grader's reading teacher at Back to School Night. Then, he shrugged and finished his sentence. "But we all know that reading is the lowest priority for the kids and they aren't doing it." Say what?! Nope. My husband and I weren't happy with that at all. Reading is what comes first in our family, and there's a good reason for it: we've always embraced and encouraged reading, and a reading teacher who isn't going to do that is a genuine … [Read more...]

Independent Reading: Using the Goldilocks Method to Determine If Your Child Is Reading an Appropriate Book

Independent Reading Can she actually read and understand that book!

There is never an age that is too young to encourage independent reading. Even the youngest child benefits from “quiet reading time” where they can page through books, look at the pictures, and create a story in their heads—or recall stories they’ve heard before. But as a child gets older, parents need to insure that their child is reading books that are on the child’s reading level—books that are appropriate both in comprehension and in word awareness.   While there are many … [Read more...]

Julieverse Reads: Exploring Culture in Modern Literature

modern novels that introduce readers to societies different from our own. In learning how others think, live and believe, we enrich our understanding of others. Another great list of book club books at Julieverse

When I first created the Julieverse Reads series, offering an opportunity for readers and authors to share their favorite books, I was hopeful I'd have a very special author guest post, Janie Lam Meyers. I consider myself very fortunate to have so much in common with my mom. To start, we both share a love for reading and writing. This week's Julieverse Reads guest post highlights books that focus on cultures other than our own. Mom and I both enjoy reading cultural books -- ironically, I have … [Read more...]

How To Use Note Cards to Help with Homework and Learning

Help kids learn writing, reading, math and phonics the easy and fun way -- with note cards

From homework to spelling activities to games, there are so many ways to use note cards (3x5, 4x6, 5x7 or other sizes) to help your children learn and help them with homework. I always keep them on hand--in fact, they're hidden in drawers in most rooms in our home. Here are some ways to use note cards to help your children with homework. Using note cards to supplement learning 3x5 cards are the easiest way to reinforce a spelling  word, a word pattern or a math problem. When my kids are … [Read more...]

Need an inside activity for your kids? Here’s how to get hours and hours of quiet fun

Hours and hours of fun, the kids rarely realize how much education is involved in creating and playing games

Game creation is an excellent way to teach children to create and solve problems on their own. When given the opportunity, they'll use many learning elements, such as math, writing, reading, geography and, sometimes, science, all without probing and pushing from parents and teachers. And making a game is simple with very little supplies and a lot of reward. It also offers the opportunity to cater to both competitive and cooperative learning. On a Tuesday after a doctor appointment, rather … [Read more...]

Basic Reading Skills: Games to expand a child’s phonological awareness

easy games you can play to teach your kids basic reading skills

Even in grad school, I continued to confuse the emergent literacy terms phonics, phonemic awareness and phonological awareness, so it's difficult to imagine a Kindergarten parent without training in education having a strong grasp on what teachers and reading specialists are working with their children to understand. Therefore, it's probably even more difficult for a parent to gather ideas on how to make the learning process fun for her beginning reader. I'll try to break down the differences … [Read more...]

Summer Reading: 3 ways to get your kids reading this summer

3 easy ways to get your kids to pick up a book and start reading -- it's never too late to learn the habit

We're in the thick of it! Summertime! Summer of fresh fruit, splashes in the sun, water pistols and sunscreen. Summer of mud baths, unstructured play, camping and canoeing. Summer of ice cream, watermelon, lemonade and fireflies. Whew! With all that busy-ness, who has time for reading, right? Adults know the value of summer reading: an opportunity to slow down, relax and improve our skills and knowledge. But for many kids, summer reading is a slow down they don’t want to take when they could be … [Read more...]

7 Books for Your Beach Bag

7 books for your beach bag: hot summer reading books you'll definitely want at the pool or beach to read this summer

Howdy! I’m T from Traveling With T, a book lover and book blogger, and Julie has been so sweet to let me guest post today. We’re going to be chatting it up about beach reads for the summer - some I’ve read and loved and some that are actually in my beach bag awaiting to be read! Below are my recommendations for the best books to read on the beach this summer. If you are like me, the moment the days start to get a bit longer- you begin to dream of the upcoming months of summer reading. The … [Read more...]

Tips for reading to your child #FamiliesRead

tips for reading with your child plus 11 books your family will love at

About 2 years ago, the kids and I spent hours laying across my bed while I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to them. Often times I’d notice their eyes closed in a dream like stance, but the minute I’d pause to make sure they were still awake, their eyes would pop open, always wanting more. Before long, however, my older son learned to read on his own, and read ahead of us, completing the first 3 books in the series. Now a big third grader, he loves reading books on his own. But … [Read more...]

Julieverse Reads: Summer Reading List 2015

julieverse reads summer reading list

Beginning June 2015, Julieverse will host an exciting new series: Julieverse Reads. Every other Tuesday, I'll welcome a book lover: an author, reader, blogger, publicist or marketer, who has submitted a themed book list to Julieverse. Upcoming lists include Favorite Novels Set During World War II, Books Sure to Pull at Your Heartstrings, and A Modern Comic Author's Favorite Books. Hey super readers! Thanks for stopping by Julieverse, where I share lifestyle tips for enjoying life with a heavy … [Read more...]