Podcast Episode #24: A Simple Way to Enhance Reading at Home – The Book Bag

Photo Credit: Rachel Moore Photo

Link to Episode: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1428730/7510753-podcast-episode-24-a-simple-way-to-enhance-reading-at-home-the-book-bag.mp3?blob_id=32993296&download=true

How are you feeling about your child’s reading this year? Do you feel confident in their decoding and fluency skills? Do THEY feel confident in their reading? What do they enjoy reading?

More than likely…you are unsure…about ALL OF IT.

More than likely…you have felt frustrated and overwhelmed about your child’s education well before the pandemic and distance-learning. Why? Find out by listening to this episode!

>It is time for us (Mamas) to bring that joy of reading back to our kids.

>It is time to devote time, space, and support to this very critical piece of learning.

>The simplest way to do that is through the use of a simple book bag with a variety of texts for your child.

We can clearly see that reading independently (with the appropriate texts) can foster a love of reading, reinforce skills taught in isolation at school, increase fluency, and provide a space to practice decoding words.

“There are strong associations between independent reading and reading achievement, and many researchers believe that independent reading plays a key role in the development of reading fluency (speed and ease of reading), vocabulary, background knowledge, and even spelling. Not surprisingly, motivation also is associated with independent reading; children who are interested in and motivated to read tend to do more independent reading.” https://www.readingrockets.org/article/independent-reading

This episode will provide you with tips/tricks and book suggestions for your book bags so that you can start daily reading TODAY!

Link to our CUTE book bags that are ONLY $19.99!!


Let’s dive in…check out the episode link at the beginning of this post, get that book bag, and run to the library. Reading for pleasure is critical!

Important Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Reading Levels Chart (confirm what level your child is on with his/her teacher): https://shop.scholastic.com/teachers-ecommerce/teacher/guided-reading-leveling-chart.html

Reading A-Z Reader Program (many teachers use – we used at my school): https://www.readinga-z.com/

Reading Lists: https://k-12readinglist.com/

Pre-K Reader Suggestions: https://www.readbrightly.com/30-best-level-1-reading-books-for-children/

Kinder Reader Suggestions: https://happilyeverelephants.com/home/best-books-for-beginning-readers

1st Grade Reader Suggestions: https://www.123homeschool4me.com/100-books-for-first-graders-to-read_3/

2nd Grade Reader Suggestions: https://www.readbrightly.com/9-superb-chapter-books-second-graders/

Reluctant Readers Suggestions: https://www.scholastic.com/parents/books-and-reading/book-lists-and-recommendations/funny-scary/book-series-boys-reluctant-1st-and-2nd-grade-readers.html

Silent Reading Tips: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/making-most-silent-reading/

Guided Reading Book Lists for Every Level: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/collections/17-18/guided-reading-book-lists-by-level/

Two of my FAVORITE Publishers:



Photo Credit: Rachel Moore Photo

“Of all the places I have walked into, libraries must be the most magical. Have you ever opened the cover of a book and wondered what you would find inside? Where you would go? Whom you would meet? A story has the power to send you back in time or into the future, to transport you to other lands and kingdoms. I’ve met ogres, talking rabbits, and some of my best friends in the pages of books. Librarians might just have the best jobs ever. With each library card they hand out, they offer a ticket to strange and marvelous worlds. Open a book and, like Reading Beauty, you might fall under a spell—the magic of a deep read. But chances are, unlike the Sleeping Beauty of the original fairy tale, you will never want the spell to be broken.”
― Kimberly Long Cockroft, Reading Beauty

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