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Refocusing on Reading and Writing

on September 1, 2011

As you and your students switch gears from summer leisure into the increased structure of the school year, you will want to refocus on the basics.  Here are some interesting and helpful resources to add to your reading, writing and spelling lessons.

If you need ideas for your reading program, Rita Arpaia of is debuting a new and improved version of their Bookfinder search tools in September.  Start With The Winners will allow even more convenient access than ever before to Literatureplace’s comprehensive list of award-winning children’s books. Find out more at:

Elaine from Kimbo offers a Literature Link Activity to the book The Mitten by Jan Brett.  For more free activities for The Mitten and other Jan Brett books, visit and . For more literacy-related products from Kimbo, visit their site:

The Barchowsky Fluent Handwriting System offers an easy-to-teach and easy-to-learn writing method for students of all ages. Find more information, plus a link to free instructions and patterns at

To give older kids a tune-up on various word skills, check out Alan Stillson’s Middle School Word Puzzles at and Find more free sample puzzles for children and adults, or order Alan’s books, at Stillsonworks.

Find a wide variety of spelling lesson resources at,,, and


For more information and resources for reading, writing and spelling—

Find more book lists appropriate to your needs and school/family values and priorities:

Access interactive spelling and vocabulary exercises at

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