How to Teach Poetry to Kids

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There are fun and endless ways to create your own silly kids poems together, whether they rhyme or not. Be as silly as you can. It has been shown that young children who are learning to read tend to remember words and sentences better if they appeal to them! So grab some pencils, some paper, and spend some time creating …

Best Children’s Book Authors!

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We take a look at our Top 6 Kids Authors, and what makes them so great for kids and adults alike! We chose authors who we adored as kids and whose stories have a timeless appeal. These books make great gifts for kids of any age and can also be enjoyed by parents reading stories at bedtime! Roald Dahl Roald …

Educational Summer Activities for Kids

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School’s Out! The end of the school year brings about plenty of excitement. For many, the summer officially begins at the very last day of school, which typically occurs in June. Children are excited to have a few months where they can play and explore. Getting up early and sitting in a classroom won’t happen again until fall, and they …

Learn to Read BEFORE School

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Why Learning to Read is So Important for School Readiness… According to a 2012 report by the Brookings Institution, “children with higher levels of school readiness at age five are generally more successful in grade school…” And the key to this readiness is helping your child learn to read before class even begins. Reading is the one skill that unlocks …

5 Books All Kids Should Read

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As adults, we sometimes fondly look back at the books we read or our parents read to us as a child. Don’t you want to give this same wonderful experience to your own children? You might want to share some of your very own favorite books with your children, but you might also need a few ideas as well to …

How to Teach Phonics to First-Graders At Home

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Children who are in first grade or going to first grade during the new school year tend to have already learned some phonics in kindergarten and preschool. For these children, the building blocks for phonics and basic reading skills might already be in place. When planning to teach phonics to first graders, remember it’s important to continue polishing and expanding …

10 Ways to Ring in the New Year

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Happy new year from all of us at Red Cat Reading! This past year was a bit rocky for many of us, but with the new year comes new opportunities. We’re here to help share our top 10 best ways to enjoy the start of the new year as we look back on the previous year. With our tips, we …

Online Teaching Tips for Teachers

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In recent times, we’ve all had to make some pretty dramatic changes in our daily lives. Teachers have had no choice but to adapt the way they teach, and students have been introduced to a very new style of learning. The changes that have been made to how we teach and learn have been quite the challenge for many! Everything …

How to Teach Phonics For All Levels: Lesson Plan for Teachers

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How can you create an inspiring and engaging lesson that your students will love? With the help of Red Cat Reading’s FREE lesson plans, of course! No need to stress about preparing endlessly for a lesson, collecting resources, or coming up with something creative on the spot! Red Cat Reading has all of the resources you need to teach phonics …

Most Difficult Phonics Sounds for Native English Speakers

8 Most Difficult Phonics Sounds for Native English Speakers

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Learning new phonic sounds can be a challenging and time-consuming process. It’s especially difficult when you come across some particularly tricky sounds. Some even look exactly the same! How can you help your child learn and master some of the most difficult phonic sounds? Check out this video that makes learning interactive, musical, and fun! 1. 8 Most Difficult Phonic …

Mother's Day

How to Celebrate Mother’s Day with Your Child

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Dear Proud Parents, This Mother’s Day, we’re thankful for mothers from all over the world. We just want to say a huge thank you for all your hard work, dedication, patience and love! To celebrate, we’re giving you our free Storybook Coloring Compilation gift! This gift includes coloring pages from 3 of our fun and adventurous Kids vs Life stories. …

Teacher Appreciation Week

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It’s time for Teacher Appreciation Week again! Annually, this falls over the first full week of May and this year, the dates are May 6 to May 12. Teacher Appreciation Day is observed on the first Tuesday in the first full week of May, which will be May 8 in 2018. If your child loves their teacher and is blossoming …

Women’s History Month

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Women’s history month is celebrated annually during the month of March, and its purpose is to highlight the positive roles women have played in the world – be it in politics, art, sport, science, or other fields. Many inspirational women have played a part and had key roles in changing our modern day society and thinking. Women’s History Month was …

President’s Day in the United States

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Some say the President of the United States of America is one of the most powerful people in the world. To honor and commemorate the lives and contributions of the 44 U.S. presidents every year, President’s Day is an annual celebration in the US that falls on the third Monday of February. It is also a national holiday. This year, …

3 Critical Benefits of Reading in Helping Students Learn and Master STEM Subjects

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Why is the STEM Curriculum So Important to Your Child’s Future Success? If you have a child on the verge of starting kindergarten, then you’ve probably been coming across a lot of information about STEM in your research.  So what is the STEM curriculum and why do you need to worry about it?  STEM is an acronym that stands for: …

Young Readers Day

November 14th: National Young Readers Day

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Reading with your child is one of the most important things that you can do with them, and what better way to focus on a day full of reading than to celebrate a holiday dedicated to it?  On November 14th, 2017, we celebrate National Young Readers Day as a way to bring attention to children and their families while encouraging …

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National Author’s Day

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Looking for a day to celebrate all of the wonderful authors and the works that they provide to the world? November 1st is the day for you. November 1st has been recognized as National Author’s Day since 1949. However, the story of how the holiday came to be goes as far back as 1928 to a woman named Nellie Verne …