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Sarah Mackenzie will help your kids fall in love with books, and will help *you* fall in love with homeschooling.

Read-Aloud Revival Sarah Mackenzie

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Sarah Mackenzie will help your kids fall in love with books, and will help *you* fall in love with homeschooling.

    RAR #179: Do You See What I See? How to Look Closely at a Picture Book

    RAR #179: Do You See What I See? How to Look Closely at a Picture Book

    Last time on the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, we talked about what happens (and what our kids gain) when we read aloud a book a day. In this episode, we're digging in to how to look closely at a picture book—how to see what we might otherwise miss.







    You may be surprised at how much is there in a picture book, just waiting to be seen and heard!







    No lesson plans are needed. Just you, your kid(s), a book plucked from your shelf. Ready? Let's do this.







    In this episode, you'll hear:







    * What about just reading, and not doing anything extra?* How open-ended questions change the reading experience for everyone* How to look at a picture book in a brand new way







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    TIME STAMPS:







    3:28All of the good stuff ...6:17The wonderful Provensens!8:27Using open-ended questions11:17Modeling observations13:49Looking closely19:57Monet and the cat 21:46Enriching the book experience24:28Snowman - Cold = Puddle26:42Your Place in the Universe29:34You're a Good Dog, Carl32:04Let the Kids Speak















    QUOTES TO REMEMBER:







    I like to think of end papers as setting the stage for what's coming. It's like when you're at the theater, the show's about to start, the orchestra's tuning up, and the house lights go down, everyone gets quiet... Kortney Garrison







    Wordless books are wonderful because they slow you down. Sometimes our kids need that and sometimes we need that. Kara Anderson







    LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:







    * Connect with Kortney* Connect with Kara* RAR #178: Why Read a Book a Day? (yep- you can!)* Books by the wonderful Alice and Martin Provensen* RAR #166:What's the Deal with Open-Ended Questions? (With a FREE guide) * RAR #170: How to Read a Wordless Book* Austin Kleon (books that spin you out)* RAR #147: Our Favorite Math Read-Alouds







    Here's the page from Mornings with Monet that Sarah talked about:















    And the picture book cat (first) compared to Monet's painting of a cat (second). What serendipity!























    BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:







    (All links are affiliate links.)







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    Sarah's dog, Tomie dePawla, on the Oregon Coast:







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    • 40 min
    RAR #178: Why Read a Book a Day? (Yep, you can!)

    RAR #178: Why Read a Book a Day? (Yep, you can!)

    What would happen if we read a book a day with our kids?







    That's the idea we're exploring today in a brand new episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast. And we're also issuing a challenge: we dare you to read a picture book a day with your kids - for a week, a month... or more.







    And you'll even hear some profound insights, like how a good picture book is like a baked potato.







    All the details are in today's episode.







    In this episode, you'll hear:







    * Why it's worthwhile to read a book a day with our kids of all ages (so MANY reasons)* What to read with kids of all ages—you know we have lots of ideas! * Printable trackers for your own book-a-day challenge







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    TIME STAMPS:







    3:11A challenge for you!5:03A complete narrative arc8:25Different kinds of stories9:52A manageable commitment11:59WHAT to read14:06 Hints at what's coming next15:58 Book recommendations16:12Little Fox in the Forest18:24Prairie Days19:4020:27Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm25:40Let the Kids Speak















    QUOTES TO REMEMBER:







    They're seeing, with each story, an unqualified hero who overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to get what they want or need. That's a really beautiful thing for them to witness again and again.Sarah Mackenzie















    "The more we read, the more we practice, the better we get at it."Kortney Garrison







    "The best books really help us feel what the characters are feeling ..."Kara Anderson







    LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:







    * RAR #139: Kindness Over Curiosity: Favorite Books Featuring Differently Abled Characters* RAR #133: Books Take You Places (and some favorite seaside titles)* RAR #122: Picture Book Biographies We Love* RAR #170: How to Read a Wordless Picture Book* Use the hashtag #readaloudrevival as you complete your challenge* Kortney* Kara















    BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:







    (All links are affiliate links.)







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    YOU'LL ALSO ENJOY:







    * Our favorite way to read through history* Why reading aloud will change your children's lives forever* Why read aloud to kids who can read to themselves?

    • 34 min
    Special Edition: Robert McCloskey Makes Way

    Special Edition: Robert McCloskey Makes Way

    In today's Special Edition of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, you'll meet the man behind Make Way for Ducklings. Robert McCloskey was the first to win two Caldecott Awards, and his books are arguably among the most celebrated picture books of all time.







    His most popular picture book wouldn't stay on the page, either. His ducks became permanent sculptures fixed in Boston Public Garden, and even made a way for international diplomacy as part of the START Treaty between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. in 1991.







    A picture book is a powerful piece of art.







    In this episode, you'll hear:







    * what it was like having Robert McCloskey for a Dad * one of the hardest parts of his life as a successful artist* what his picture books gave the world







    Think you love Make Way for Ducklings? Just wait till you meet the man who wrote them onto the page.















    Sal McCloskey and Paul Zelinksy at Boston Public GardenDuckling Day Parade! (That's Paul Zelinsky in the hat, and Sal McCloskey in the overalls)Sarah's daughter, Allison, paying a visit to the ducks in Boston Public Garden, June 2021Sarah with the ducklings, June 2021Sarah and daughter, Allison, with sculptor Nancy Schön, June 2021







    Listener Guide







    Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast:







    01:22Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey06:31Let's meet Robert McCloskey11:18Bob goes to New York15:44The fame was hard for him. So hard.20:10Jane McCloskey remembers her dad21:32Nancy Schön's sculptures in Boston Public Garden29:16What was he like?31:24'I just forgot to fill it in.'34:27 The affirming nature of Bob's books37:27Take a farewell look...







    Links from this episode:







    * The biography about Robert McCloskey by Gary D. Schmidt* Weston Woods video about Robert McCloskey (20 min)* Robert McCloskey: A Private Life in Words and Pictures by Jane McCloskey* The website of Nancy Schön, sculptor* Make Way for Nancy, by Nancy Schön* Ducks on Parade! edited by Nancy Schön















    Don't Miss these Books by Robert McCloskey:

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    • 42 min
    RAR #177: Teach Your Kids to Think Like a Scientist (with books you already have)

    RAR #177: Teach Your Kids to Think Like a Scientist (with books you already have)

    Science is everywhere. It's in everything we do, everything we see. And yes, everything we read.















    Books offer a delightful opportunity to talk about science, both through their illustrations and their text. We just need to know a few things to look for and a few questions to ask.







    Today we'll find out how to think like a scientist, and how to teach our kids to do the same.















    I invited two professors from St. Michael's College to teach us all about cross-cutting scientific concepts within picture books.







    Dr. Valerie Bang-Jensen is the Department Chair and Professor of Education at St. Michael's College in Vermont. She's an expert in children's literature and literacy. Dr. Mark Lubkowitz is a molecular biologist and the Chair and Professor of Biology at St. Michael's.







    In this episode, you'll hear:







    * What it means to "think like a scientist"* How to find scientific concepts in every book you read* How to use cross-cutting concepts to teach young scientists of all ages















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    TIME STAMPS:







    "They can't get all of science from a book, but they can launch these ideas into every part of their life. Books are a perfect place to do that, because books are a microcosm of life."Dr. Valerie Bang-Jensen







    "The secret is: scientists aren't smarter than everybody else. Scientists just have a way to classify and sort human thinking and behavior."Dr. Mark Lubkowitz















    3:01What's a cross-cutting concept?4:55Introducing Mark and Valerie6:59The secret about science 7:48How it all began 12:34The delight of patterns 14:27Finding cross-cutting concepts in Owl Moon 20:21Scale and time in story 24:02Applying scientific concepts to books off your shelf27:19Structure and function 29:30Learning through questions31:43Let the Kids Speak















    LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:







    * Dr Bang-Jensen and Dr Lubkowitz's Website * A 33-min video of Mark and Valerie explaining crosscutting concepts* Books in Bloom















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    • 41 min
    RAR #176 Homeschooling with Dyslexia

    RAR #176 Homeschooling with Dyslexia

    Is homeschooling with dyslexia a good idea? Can dyslexic students thrive, even if the parents aren't specialists (or even certified teachers)?







    Let's be clear: absolutely, yes.







    You can homeschool your dyslexic kids, and you'll do a darn good job of it, too.







    Today on the podcast, Marianne Sunderland from Homeschooling with Dyslexia is back to talk about the nitty gritty details of teaching children who learn differently.















    Marianne has homeschooled eight kids (seven are dyslexic).







    In this episode, she gives us the low-down on teaching dyslexic kids at home, which resources to use, and when to ask for help.















    In this episode, you'll hear:







    * How to teach dyslexic children * Why Orton-Gillingham works to teach dyslexic kids how to read* Whether or not to get your child tested and officially diagnosed















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    "The beauty is allowing them to grow at their natural pace and not be defined by their weaknesses."Marianne Sunderland







    TIME STAMPS:







    2:35Why homeschooling is an excellent choice for dyslexic learners 7:21Let's talk about the teacher13:15The magic of following interests15:23Orton-Gillingham methods for teaching reading17:08How much phonics? How much reading aloud?20:52When to get outside help 23:27To test or not to test?27:53Executive function (or: why your dyslexic child seems so disorganized)30:06Remediation for older kids with dyslexia31:17Let the Kids Speak 34:38Sarah wraps it up







    LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:







    * Marianne Sunderland's website* Sarah's top recommendation: Dyslexia 101* RAR #175: Is My Child Dyslexic?* International Dyslexia Association* Dyslexia Friendly Guide to Buying Homeschool Curriculum* Ruth Beechick* When Orton-Gillingham Isn't Enough * Signs of Dyslexia (Homeschooling with Dyslexia)* Marianne's Classes* U.S. Rehabilitation Services Administration* Marianne's Executive Function Course* ADDitude * Phonics Games from TeachersPayTeachers (from Emily Gibbons,

    • 38 min
    RAR #175: Is My Child Dyslexic? If So, What Should I Do About It?

    RAR #175: Is My Child Dyslexic? If So, What Should I Do About It?

    Is my child dyslexic? And if so, what should I do about it? It's one of the things we're asked about most here at Read-Aloud Revival, and no wonder.







    When our kids struggle to learn to read, we worry.







    Dyslexia is extremely common, and is very often misunderstood.







    Today, we're going to talk about the signs of dyslexia, and what to do if you think your child may be dyslexic.















    If you've ever wondered whether your child is a "late bloomer" or might be struggling with a learning difference, you're in the right place.







    Marianne Sunderland from Homeschooling with Dyslexia is here to give us the lowdown.







    In this episode, you'll hear:







    * Does my child have dyslexia? Here's how to know...* What we get wrong about dyslexia * Which reading curriculum is best for dyslexic learners







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    TIME STAMPS:







    3:16What dyslexia is 5:49Is my child dyslexic?14:10Do kids grow out of dyslexia?17:02The gift of audiobooks20:23Internal motivation22:32Will dyslexic kids ever learn to love reading?27:17Let's talk Orton-Gillingham29:00What a dyslexic learner needs30:06Remediation for older children with dyslexia36:28The first steps37:23Let the Kids Speak40:47Sarah's final thought







    "Read aloud a lot, use a good systematic reading program, and then give it time. You can't sidestep this. Your dyslexic student needs time."Sarah Mackenzie















    LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:







    * Marianne Sunderland's website* Signs of Dyslexia (Homeschooling with Dyslexia)* Sarah's top recommendation: Dyslexia 101* The Great Illustrated Classics (this is a series of several books, some still in print like The Wizard of Oz)* Dyslexia Simulations * IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing)* Reading Horizons* Teaching Textbooks* Book for teaching commas







    RECOMMENDED READING PROGRAMS







    * All About Reading* Logic of English * Barton







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    • 45 min

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georgioj ,

Warm/Fuzzy/Informative

This podcast is so rich. I have lost count of the reading recommendations that I have used that have proven successful with my kids. It is not often that you find such a resource that is warm, inviting and full of richness in terms of resources all in one place. Keep up the great work Sarah and team!!!!

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Author Spotlight Series

The author spotlight series is absolutely wonderful. I cannot wait for more. They are so beautifully written and produced deserve an award l.

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Read the books, listen to the show, soak it all up!

This is my favorite podcast of all time. Sarah, you lift me up every time I hear your voice. I’ve read both of your books and only started listening to the podcast so I could get unlimited encouraging wisdom from you once the books were finished! Thank you for helping this frazzled homeschool mom of four find inner peace and joy in the most important areas of life. I love your approach and priorities!

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