Try This At Home

Try these learning games with your child. Remember when parents and children read together, everyone is a winner! Use the newspaper as your reading material—the content changes all the time and it helps your child become connected with the community.

Color Your Words

This time of year it is fun to color eggs. But have you ever colored words? Adjectives make nouns more interesting, like colors make plain eggs more interesting. You can color your words with this game. Clip five nouns from … Continue reading

Kids Helping the Environment

Nellie Fly is looking for news about kids helping the environment. She saw some kids cleaning up a playground in their neighborhood. “What a great idea!” thought Nellie. “I am going to interview these kids so I can write an … Continue reading

Pay It Forward

The ripple effects of kindness starts with one person. One person compliments another, then that person holds a door open for someone and that person picks up a piece of litter and so on. Write something you could do to … Continue reading

Plural Words

In most cases, to make a word into its plural you can simply add an “s” or an “es.” But some words are the same in both single and plural forms. The plural of octopus is octopuses—not octopi. Can you … Continue reading

Our Five Senses

Our five senses are smell, sound, taste, sight and touch. Sometimes it is hard to find other words that describe these senses. Sit down with some friends or family members and see how many you can come up with in … Continue reading

The Gift of Appreciation

Does it feel good when someone says, thank you? Now you can do that for someone else! Look through today’s newspaper and find an article about someone helping others. Who is the article about? What did the person do that … Continue reading

Halloween Symbols

List as many Halloween symbols as you can. Think about why these symbolize Halloween. On a separate piece of paper, draw one of the symbols and write a paragraph about why you think this became a symbol of Halloween. You … Continue reading

Positive Self-talk

Everyone has an inner voice and hears positive or negative self-talk. Your self-talk might remind you to watch out for cars when crossing the street, or it might remind you to be careful when doing something new. Or your inner … Continue reading

Story Map

This is a fun way to help your young author write a story. Pick a picture of a place from the newspaper, it could be a street scene or a park or landscape. Cut out the picture and pin it … Continue reading