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Join Sarah Mackenzie for inspiring interviews, tips, and booklists that will help your whole family fall in love with books.

    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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    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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    TIME STAMPS:







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















    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* Marianne Sunderland's Homeschool Curriculum Guide* When Orton-Gillingham Isn't Enough * Executive Function course * ADDitude * Phonics Games from TeachersPayTeachers

















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    RECOMMENDED READING PROGRAMS:







    * All About Reading* Logic of English * Barton















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    RAR #175: Is My Child Dyslexic?

    RAR #175: Is My Child Dyslexic?

    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* Sarah's top recommendation: Dyslexia 101







    RECOMMENDED READING PROGRAMS







    * All About Reading* Logic of English * Barton







    BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:







    (All links are Amazon affiliate links.)

















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    RAR #174: The Books that Won (and a few that Should Have!)

    RAR #174: The Books that Won (and a few that Should Have!)

    Every year, the RAR team gathers to watch the American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards. Once, we went in person (!) but the past two years, we've watched together from home and texted each other like mad the whole time.







    The awards have a way of bringing out BIG feelings.







    These are basically the Oscars for children's books, and as you'll hear, we have a few Opinions (with a capital O), here at RAR. Ahem.







    Today we're sharing:







    * Some stand-out winners from the 2021 ALA Awards * Which books we put on hold at the library as the awards were happening* Just a couple of books we think should have been honored. Ahem.







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    TIME STAMPS:







    3:19The 'Oscars' of books (it's a thing!)5:16'Itzhak, A Boy Who Loved the Violin'8:09A new Jane Yolen book10:10'Exquisite'12:03'The Cat Man of Aleppo'13:40Nonet poetry16:06'When Stars Are Scattered'18:18'How We Got to the Moon'22:24'One Little Bag' and 'Your Place in the World'27:08'The Oldest Student'28:08'A Long Road on a Short Day'30:55Let the Kids Speak















    QUOTES TO REMEMBER:







    "Like all the best picture book biographies, this one has great endnotes. Instead of ending as the book closes, this story is really just beginning."Kortney Garrison on Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks







    "(The Cat Man of Aleppo) helps us walk a mile in another's shoes. It so powerfully displays the difference that one person, one heart, can make in the world."Kara Anderson







    "The storytelling alone that happens in just the illustrations makes this book stand head and shoulders above so many others. I really think it deserved a little ALA attention."Sarah Mackenzie























    LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:







    * Picture Book Biographies Book List* RAR #164: Our Favorite Way to Read Through History (and a new FREE resource)* Abigail Halpin: Itzhak project* American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Award Winners* David Macaulay* RAR #170: How to Read a Wordless Book* Math Read-Alouds Book List* Connect with Kortney* Connect with Kara















    BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:







    (All links are Amazon affiliate links.)









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    RAR #173: What Happens in Your Child’s Brain when You Read Aloud

    RAR #173: What Happens in Your Child’s Brain when You Read Aloud

    Ready to dive into a little brain science? Today, we're discovering what happens in your child's brain when you read aloud.







    This is probably not a surprise, but... A LOT is happening.















    Dr. John Hutton of the Reading and Literacy Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital is joining me to break this down. I love how he puts it in the beginning of this episode: that scientists are using fancy methods to verify what we already know - that reading aloud is good for our kids.







    Want to know what happens in your child's brain when you read aloud? You're in the right place.







    IN THIS EPISODE, YOU'LL HEAR:







    * how the brain actually reads* the immense value of dialogic reading (don't worry - you're already doing this!)* how reading aloud "primes" the brain for reading independently







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    TIME STAMPS:







    3:35The RAR Premium Spring Lineup! 6:09Lots of nature!9:44What's going on 'under the hood' when we read aloud14:40How the brain actually reads18:42Seen on an MRI23:44'A Goldilocks Effect'30:15'Neurons that fire together, wire together'37:25Let the Kids Speak















    QUOTES TO REMEMBER:







    "There's a maxim in neuroscience: neurons that fire together, wire together. So really, the more you practice anything, the stronger the neural circuits become."Dr. John Hutton







    "We say it all the time at Read Aloud Revival: there's nothing that a novel can give your child that a picture book can't."Sarah Mackenzie















    LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:















    * RAR Premium* RAR #151: It's a Story ... So What? Barb Rosenstock* Cindy West* Jonathan Rogers* Irene Latham* RAR # 130: Reading Aloud as an Obstinate Act of Love, Meghan Cox Gurdon* All About Reading* The Logic of English* Robert Munsch* Dr. Hutton's Latest Study* Blue Manatee Press* Blue Manatee Dialogic Reading (DR) series















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    (All links are Amazon affiliate links.

    RAR #172: Helping Our Developing Readers Fall in Love with Books

    RAR #172: Helping Our Developing Readers Fall in Love with Books

    Learning to read can be hard. And when our kids are still learning to read fluently and well, helping them fall in love with books can feel impossible.







    But it doesn't have to be that way.







    In today's episode, I'm going to show you how to help your kids fall in love with stories, and tell you why it will help them more to keep reading aloud than to cram in another long phonics lesson.







    IN THIS EPISODE, YOU'LL HEAR:







    * a reminder that learning to read is a little like climbing a mountain! * the key to getting our kids reading (hint: it's NOT endless phonics practice)* how to become a book match-maker for your child







    I also answer two questions about transitioning from audio books to independent reading and the advantages and disadvantages to reading versus watching Shakespeare.







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    TIME STAMPS:







    2:45Q&A: Transitioning from audio books to independent reading6:57Q&A: Shakespeare and the advantages/disadvantages of reading versus watching11:26Climbing the mountain 13:31Three ways to help our developing readers15:35Spend more time (surprise!) reading aloud 18:14Favorite early reader books19:56Series for the win!22:33Ideas for great, page-turning series we love (and 'finding the right jelly bean'25:47'Secret Juice': How to use a series28:33You can't help your child too much32:09Let the Kids Speak















    QUOTES TO REMEMBER:







    "If our kids love stories, they will have an incentive to learn to read... because then they can get the stories for themselves."Sarah Mackenzie







    "You can't help your child too much, so don't worry about making this too easy on them. You want this to be easy on them. The most important thing is not to ruin the story by trying to turn it into a lesson. Let your child love the story and let them fall in love with the story. The reading skill will come with time."Sarah Mackenzie















    LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:







    * The Great Homeschool Conventions* Pam Barnhill - Your Morning Basket* Colleen Kessler - Raising Lifelong Learners* RAR #171: How to Introduce Your Kids to Shakespeare* All About Reading* Logic of English* RAR #105: Favorite Early Reader Books (for kids who are learning to read)* Get RAR emails* Series to Hook Your Developing Reader (Book List)* Laura Martin episode about 'finding the right jelly bean'















    BOOKS FOR DEVELOPING READERS:















    (All links are Amazon affiliate links.)

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FD8717 ,

Always Encouraging

We are a homeschool family, and I just get so jazzed up and refilled by listening to this podcast! It’s like my “mom time” when I can’t actually get away for mom time.
It has helped me refine the idea and goals for my family culture.
Parenting, teaching, reading aloud, this podcast is wonderful for them all!

Bookie Family ,

Encouraging Messages for Family Reading Culture

Sarah Mackenzie’s podcast is my go-to listen for homeschool encouragement. She’s helped our family to develop a “book club culture” that encourages a love of books in my children, my husband, and myself. Her voice encourages me when doubts regarding homeschooling creep in. Homeschooling for us is about enjoying our children and sharing life together. I highly recommend giving this a listen.

Gracefullja ,

Refreshing!

This podcast is so pleasant to listen to! Sarah MacKenzie is encouraging, peaceful, and informative at the same time. She has changed my thoughts on homeschooling and I am so thankful. I always look forward to what she has to say! Such a blessing!

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