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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 Literatureplace.com 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: http://www.amonco.org/creative/montessori_fall4.pdf

Elaine from Kimbo offers a Literature Link Activity to the book The Mitten by Jan Brett. http://www.amonco.org/creative5/montessori_fall5.pdf  For more free activities for The Mitten and other Jan Brett books, visit http://www.janbrett.com/mitten_masks_main.htm and http://www.janbrett.com/bookamatic/hedgies_book_a_matic.htm . For more literacy-related products from Kimbo, visit their site: http://www.kimboed.com/literacy.aspx.

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 http://www.amonco.org/creative7/montessori_fall7.pdf

To give older kids a tune-up on various word skills, check out Alan Stillson’s Middle School Word Puzzles at http://www.amonco.org/creative/montessori_fall4.pdf and http://www.amonco.org/creative6/montessori_fall6.pdf. Find more free sample puzzles for children and adults, or order Alan’s books, at Stillsonworks. http://www.stillsonworks.com

Find a wide variety of spelling lesson resources at http://www.excellenceineducation.com, http://www.homeschoolfcgs.com, http://www.insta-learn.com/html/language.html, and http://www.workshopplus.com

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

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

http://reading.org/Resources/Booklists.aspx

http://www.johnsenfam.com/index.htm

http://childrensbooks.about.com/od/forparents/tp/summer_reading.htm

http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/curr244.shtml

Access interactive spelling and vocabulary exercises at AAASpelling.com. http://www.aaaspell.com/spell-index.htm


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