Short Story Books for Middle-Grade Readers (Ages 9 – 12)

Posted on October 4, 2020September 22, 2020Categories Free-LancingTags , , , , ,   Leave a comment on Short Story Books for Middle-Grade Readers (Ages 9 – 12)

A reader wrote to ask me for a list of books with short stories for middle-grade readers, ages 9 – 12.  Interestingly, short story anthologies are not in abundance for tweens but even still, there are some good options to keep kids reading. Short stories offer students an alternative to a long chapter book and give teachers quick passages to use as mentor texts or for reading lessons. Short Story Books for Middle-Grade Readers (Ages 9 – 12) Fable Comics edited … Continue reading “Short Story Books for Middle-Grade Readers (Ages 9 – 12)”

17 Ways for Kids to Learn New Vocabulary

Posted on September 30, 2020September 22, 2020Categories Free-LancingTags , , ,   Leave a comment on 17 Ways for Kids to Learn New Vocabulary

Fluent readers need a big vocabulary. The more words a child knows, the better reader and writer they are. (Anderson and Freebody, 1981; Graves, 1986; Stahl, 1998) (DOE, NAEP, 2011) It’s up to us as parents to help our children learn and develop a large vocabulary. The best way to learn new words is to use them, play with them, listen to them, and apply them. While it is possible to learn new words out of context, like with flashcards, … Continue reading “17 Ways for Kids to Learn New Vocabulary”

5 Parenting Strategies to Develop a Growth Mindset

Posted on August 22, 2020September 22, 2020Categories Free-LancingTags , , , ,   Leave a comment on 5 Parenting Strategies to Develop a Growth Mindset

I have a daughter who dislikes challenges. She’d rather give up than persevere. This is probably hugely affected by her sensory processing disorder and ADHD. How, I don’t really know. But I do know that she does not have what professor Angela Duckworth calls grit and author Carol Dweck calls it a growth mindset. Or at least it’s hidden somewhere. And I’m worried. She’s living with a fixed mindset. This is when you believe that people are either born smart or not; that talents, intelligence, and … Continue reading “5 Parenting Strategies to Develop a Growth Mindset”