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Creating the Perfect Reading Nook for Kids

Encouraging children to foster a love of books and reading at an early age is an excellent way to set them up for their future. However, getting our children to want to read is a task much easier said than done. Creating a comfortable, quiet and unique space for your kids to read can be the perfect way for them to fall in love with the world of literature. That’s why we’ve reached out to the experts from Sacramento to Philadelphia to provide you with some ideas for creating the perfect reading space for your children. So sit back, and check out these imaginative reading nook ideas to help your child foster a lifelong love of books and learning.

My Student Can't Read the Lowest Book - A Case Study

At Read Side by Side we frequently hear teachers say, “Several of my students cannot read the...

Why Assess Reading Motivation?

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The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Teaching

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What Is Assessment?

  At the roots, an assessment is an inference about a child’s progress based on the collected...

5 Tips for Reading Aloud to Children

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5 Solutions for Providing Books to Families During School Closures

Printable books, online articles, e-books, and audio books are wonderful resources to support...

Reducing the COVID-Slide by Looking at Summer Slide Research

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Questions About Copyright During COVID-19

As teachers move from the classroom to the cloud, I am fielding a lot of questions related to...

Teaching Online: Paring Back Instruction & Limiting Technology

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On-Line School During COVID-19: 4 Things I Learned

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Mature Topics and Books in the Program

Are you reviewing the student books in the Read Side by Side Reading Program? All texts in the...

Nonfiction and the C. I. A. Approach: 3 Things I've Learned

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5 Tips for Making Running Records Work in Your Classroom

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GENRE-FICATION: A Librarian's 5-Step Guide to Increasing Reading Motivation

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Do Reading Comprehension Assessments Deliver What They Promise?

It is likely that your school district is trying to find an assessment tool to beef up its reading...

Better Readers, Avid Readers—What Should the Goal of Literacy Instruction Be?

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Climbing the Literacy Summit, Eatonville Elementary

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The Pull of The Chapter Book

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How to Group Students for Reading

FAQ: I have a question about how to group students for reading. Currently we are using a...

3 Must-Haves for a K-2 Reading Program

Selecting a reading program for the primary grades can be overwhelming with so many aspects to...

Tips for Better Book Club Discussions

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Assigned Reading or Free Choice? The Illusion of Choice

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The Conflict Between Differentiation and Scaffolding

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Setting Up the Classroom Library

Setting up the classroom library can be a daunting process. How do you organize books? Do you focus...

Why Books? -- What Books Can Do That Passages Can’t

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Making Inferences: 6 Essential Strategies

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Using Turn and Talk Stems Across the Globe

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Reading Test Prep: 6 Things You Are Already Doing

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Reading Stamina: The Wrong Goal

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The Joy of Summer Reading

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Hooked on C. I. A.: Reflections on the Year

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Janet's Year End Review - Looking Back

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Sarah's Year End Review

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Writing for Glory Be

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Book Clubs in 3rd Grade

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Glory Be: Charts and Vocabulary

“But it was so much fun!” This was in response (from my most busy girl) to a very long catch-up...

City of Ember Writing

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Charts with Children of the Gold Rush

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Background Knowledge for Streams to the River

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4th Grade Writers

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Kids at Work

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MLK and Writing

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Background Knowledge in Streams

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Student Engagement

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The C. I. A. Approach in The War with Grandpa

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Vocab Handbooks

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Vocabulary Handbook

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Castle in the Attic C. I. A.

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Turn and Talk - Hilary Cullen

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Classroom Turn and Talk

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Classroom Setup - Dawn Smith

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