Build Listening Skills With Podcasts

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Does your child struggle with listening comprehension? Many adults enjoy listening to podcasts, but they can be great for children, too. For example, the science podcast Tumble has educational and entertaining content for the whole family to enjoy. Read this article from MindShift for more information about the benefits of podcasts for children.

Article referenced: MindShift. “Podcasts Designed for Kids Can Be A Fun Way to Ignite Imagination.” KQED News. Last modified April 1, 2016.

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Fostering Kindness

Ever wonder how to help your child become kinder and more empathetic? The Washington Post has compiled a  list of 24 books that will foster kindness in your child. There are books for ages preschool through high school, so no matter how old your child is, this list is a great place to start!

Article referenced: Amy Joyce. “From preschool through high school: 24 great books that show empathy, kindness.” The Washington Post. Last modified August 10, 2016.


What is Phonological Awareness?

Phonological awareness skills are closely tied to later reading skills. But what is phonological awareness? As The Primary Pals state in their article Four Levels of Phonological Awareness, “it is the understanding that sentences are made of words, words are made of syllables, and syllables are made of phonemes.” Being able to hear and manipulate each sound in a word is essential to reading and spelling. Read the full article for a basic explanation of phonological awareness skills and some easy home activities!

Article referenced: “Four Levels of Phonological Awareness.”The Primary Pals. Last modified July 30, 2016.