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10 Ways to Use Author a Book with your Young Writers at Home

Posted on 17.Mar.22 in Reading at Home Tips

Are you ready to introduce your kids to Author a Book? You’ll find countless ways to foster children’s literacy development with this feature.  Here are 10 suggestions to get you started. Celebrate Write Your Own Story Day (March 14) by encouraging each of your kids to brainstorm a story and write it out. Explore the […]

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16 Must-Know Women from History

Posted on 15.Mar.22 in Reading at Home Tips

Women’s History Month is a time to honor notable women from all walks of life. Your students can observe the month by digging into the biographies of must-know women. Where to begin? The 16 women below are sure to make an impression on the readers in your home. 1. Maya Angelou Poet Maya Angelou experienced […]

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Expert Guide to LightSail’s Author a Book Feature for Your Young Writers

Posted on 11.Mar.22 in Reading at Home Tips

LightSail’s Author a Book feature puts your kids in the writer’s seat. It’s a kid-friendly publishing workshop that allows students to craft their own books and share them with others — either family members or the whole LightSail Universe. How to Use Author a Book Once your kids are accomplished readers, writing a book could […]

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At-Home Enrichment for Your Preschooler

Posted on 1.Mar.22 in Reading at Home Tips

At school or daycare, your child’s day is filled with play and learning. Do you ever wish you could create that same sort of magic when you’re at home? You can, and you don’t have to be a professional to do it!  With just a few tricks up your sleeve, you can enrich your preschooler’s […]

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Playtime Tips for Kids and Parents

Posted on 1.Mar.22 in Reading at Home Tips

Between school, work, chores, sports, and homework, when are you supposed to have time to play with your kids? And when you do find time, what are you actually supposed to do with them? Here’s a little secret: playtime doesn’t have to be a big deal. Everyday moments can turn into playful interactions with your […]

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Power Challenge: Your Ticket to the Perfect Books

Posted on 1.Mar.22 in Reading at Home Tips

Kids thrive as readers when they have books that are just right for their reading level. They won’t grow bored by too-easy texts or be turned off by confusing passages. Spending time with books that match their current skills can even help kids’ reading abilities grow and develop. But you’re not a trained teacher or […]

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Increase Kids’ Learning with Literacy Apps

Posted on 1.Mar.22 in Reading at Home Tips

Dry textbooks may fill your kids’ school days, but reading at home should be more captivating. If you’re looking for an approach to after-school reading that’s sure to hook your children, turn to literacy apps. With a digital platform like LightSail, reading becomes an engaging, high-tech experience. 1. On-the-Go Reading Let’s face it: Life is […]

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How to Help Your Kids Learn Sight Words

Posted on 8.Feb.22 in Reading at Home Tips

Sight words are a big deal in the early grades. These are words that kids shouldn’t have to sound out. Rather, teachers encourage kids to memorize these words so that they’ll recognize them as soon as they see them. Daily drills with sight word lists can do the trick, but most kids (and parents!) usually […]

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Get to Know LightSail Quotations

Posted on 28.Dec.21 in Reading at Home Tips

Words are beautiful.  Words are powerful.  Words connect people, convey messages, and spark ideas.  With LightSail’s Quotations feature, your family can save, share, and memorize some of the world’s most memorable words.  And students will love this feature when writing papers that need a little support or extra umph. 1. About LightSail Quotations In LightSail, […]

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