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Ideas for Parents On the Go

When I make a mistake, I feel frustrated, slightly embarrassed, and immediately want to forget about it and move on. Then, when I’m teaching, I turn around and tell my students how wonderful it is to make mistakes, how it increases our opportunities to learn and how it’s not only normal but preferred to make […]

November 20, 2020

Normalizing Mistakes

We want our children to be eager readers, kids who stay up late with a book under the covers, who see books as portals to new worlds, who use reading as a way to learn more about themselves and the world around them. Many parents have this wish, especially if they themselves were readers when […]

November 13, 2020

Turning Reluctant Readers into Eager Readers

We want our children to have the stamina to keep reading for longer and longer periods. By the end of kindergarten, a child should be able to read for 20 minutes at a time on their own. This requires a lot of work! Just like a muscle, the brain learns how to do something by […]

October 9, 2020

Building Stamina at Home

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The Magic Word to Put in All Your Questions to Raise Curious, Confident Readers When practicing reading at home, and teaching literacy at home, we want to raise curious, confident readers who use literacy to find out more about the world, speak truth to power, and ensure that they have a voice and others do […]

October 4, 2020

The Magic Word to Use in Questions to Raise Curious, Confident Readers

Some of our best memories come from listening to a read-aloud. Many of us have fond memories of being read to when we were little, listening to a story, having that calm, connected time with our parent or family member and completely engrossed in what would come next. These cozy feelings and learning opportunities are […]

September 24, 2020

How to Conduct a World-Class Read Aloud

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Why do some of our children have trouble retaining words even after they’ve seen them multiple times? For parents with reluctant or early readers, many at-home learning attempts look like this: we teach our child a word, have them write it out, they correct themselves, and then 10 minutes later, when presented with the same […]

September 15, 2020

The Brain Science Behind Reading

Here at Talia Kovacs Consulting, I work to ensure that parents can take away bite-sized, easily implementable actions to boost literacy achievement at home, without it feeling like more school. This post was originally hosted on SpeechBlubs, a site that gives concrete speech and language tips for parents. A familiar scene in any home with […]

September 1, 2020

Why NOT to teach your child the ABC’s (do this instead)

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