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Download a free Minecraft story map for kids and use it to teach creative writing skills. If you’ve got a kid who loves to write stories, or if you are a classroom teacher looking to motivate and teach narrative writing, you’ll love this project. Recently a reader came to Healthy Family looking for a Minecraft story map. I immediately thought, what a great idea! It’s difficult to teach kids the parts of a story and put it into action when you are dealing with very abstract ideas. But what if you used something that they are very familiar with, like Minecraft? (…)
I’ve created some reading comprehension strategies for you today that will work with 3rd through 5th grade kids. These reading comprehension strategies are beneficial for all kids, but my focus today is on special needs kids, particularly kids diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
If you are a parent looking for reading comprehension strategies for your ASD child my suggestions should help get you off to a good start. As you know, for ASD kids, a lot gets missed in the large classroom setting that makes homework time at the kitchen table quite difficult. The ASD child often forgets, misunderstands, and inappropriately responds to his assigned homework. Frustrated and tired parents usually end up doing the work for the child just to get it done.
If this sounds familiar, I’d like to offer you a few reading comprehension strategies. My reading tips will hopefully give you a few tools for your toolbox and take the torture out of homework time. (…)
I’ve designed 9 free reading comprehension posters for you to use with your kids. I’ve got free posters about synonyms, antonyms, context clues, deductive reasoning, organizing and classifying, drawing conclusions, cause and effect, sequencing, and comparing and contrasting. Students can use these posters to as visual aids in the classroom. Please download and enjoy them. These free reading comprehension posters are done in colorful cartoon art that kids will enjoy. (…)
Healthy eating children’s book Hookitty Tookitty Tah tells the tale of a heroic boy and the bully dragon he outwits. This picture book is available in hardcover and as an iPad animated book app in the Apple Store. Hookitty Tookitty Tah was written by Antonio Mugica, a musician and writer (…)
Minecraft for Teachers: Now anyone with students can set up a custom Minecraft server for their class. There’s no need for technical computer coding skills. This is thanks to a little known custom mod created by Joel Levin, Santeri Koivisto, and Aleksi Postari at MinecraftEdu. The mod has been available (…)
Need tips on how to help a child learn to read better? As a special education teacher I’ve spent years working with kids who struggled with reading fluency, comprehension, and had anxiety about oral reading in class.
Audio for Kindle books: Amazon has a clever service model for their subscribers. Are you an Amazon.com member yet? If you are, check out their latest service: Immersion Reading. Parents who purchase select books will have the opportunity to add-on audio narration for an additional fee. What makes this feature (…)
Need great reading resources for your kids that will tide you over until school starts up again in the fall? We found a few premium programs that have a variety of materials. These online reading programs offer reading practice, online games, reading activities, and reading assessments.
I’ve done a College by 12 review of the updated Harding Family ebook currently available for purchase online. Homeschool families have likely heard of Mona Lisa and Kip Harding. They are homeschool parents well known in their circles for sending six of their 10 kids to college by 12. Their (…)