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Classics Suggested Reading

Easy Reader Classics

This charming series features classic stories from beloved children's novels rewritten in a simple style. Now even the youngest readers can enjoy many of the world's favorite tales. Favorites include: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Jungle Book, Treasure Island, and more.
Ages: 5 to 7

Classic Starts
For those who are a little older and more advanced in their reading skills, the Classic Starts series presents classic tales in easy to understand, short stories.
Ages: 7 to 9

Illustrated Classics Series
Illlustrated by Robert Ingpen, this beautiful series of illustrated classics will delight young readers and parents alike. From all-time favorites to seasonal stories like A Night Before Christmas, this series will continue to delight for years to come.
Ages: 10+

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May 11, 2011

Summertime Fun

Just because school is out doesn’t mean that learning has to end. Summer provides ample opportunities to stop, relax, and find “teachable moments” to share with your child. One great way to do this is to find a joint project to complete together over the summer. Whether it’s planting a vegetable garden, building a birdhouse, or learning to fish, partnering with your child on a new hobby is an excellent way to encourage research skills, foster independence, and bond.

Give your child responsibility for researching various aspects of your chosen project. For example, if you are building a birdhouse, have your child read up on the kinds of birds that live in your area. Older children can do this on the Internet, while younger students can get information from age-appropriate science books. Decide together the best kind of house for your area and what type of food you should put inside it. Have your child help you write a list of the supplies needed to build the house. Together, plan the steps needed to make the house. Then give your child an active part in measuring and assembling all the parts. Afterwards, help your child take pictures of the house and email them, along with a note detailing your project, to a friend or relative. This kind of activity will not feel like learning to your child, but will give invaluable exposure to a wide range of reading and math skills. More importantly, it will be fun!

If there is more than one child in your family, it can be extra-special to let each child choose his or her own project to share with you. The one-one-one experience will make the learning—and the bonding—even more powerful!


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