Teaching Your Preschooler to Read

A few weeks ago on Instagram, I posted a short video of Gracie reading a book on the day before she started kindergarten.  I am super proud of her for being a pretty darn good little reader before she even starts school.  There were a few people on Instagram who asked how we taught her to read.  I thought I would share a few things that we do in our house to encourage reading. 1. Start early!  Unlike other life skills our kids learn (such as riding a bike or tying…

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Sadness, Advertisements, and Books

I feel like all my blog has been lately is sadness and advertisements.  Not that there’s anything wrong with either of those.  Sadness is normal and healthy, and advertising helps pay the bills, yo.  Teddy Grahams are not cheap.  But when I try to think of something else to write about, my brain just kind of sits there.  It’s been doing that a lot lately.  Just sitting there.  It’s kind of driving me crazy, actually.  I’d really LIKE to be doing something, but my brain is not on board with…

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Get Thee to a Borders!

I heard on NPR that Borders Bookstores are closing something crazy, like, 200 locations across the country.  Lucky for me, one of those stores is my local Borders.  While I hate to see businesses go out of business because I think about all those people without jobs, I did do a little happy dance when I heard it was closing.  Bean LOVES books.  He reads them all the time and because of that our books go through a lot of wear and tear.  So, I’ve been thinking for a while…

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Book Worms and Book Ends

One of the things that I am most proud of as a parent is Bean’s love of books and reading. I started reading to him before he was even born. I’d read things out loud to him while I was pregnant at night when I laid in bed. When he was a newborn, I’d get him all snuggled up in his PJs after his bath and we’d read a little story even though he mostly slept through it. And as Bean grew, that continued to be part of our nightly…

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