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Dr. Joanne Meier

Along with her background as a professor, researcher, writer, and teacher, Joanne Meier is a mom. Join Joanne every week as she shares her experiences raising her own young readers, and guides parents and teachers on the best practices in reading.

June 11, 2008

On the last day of school, Anna came home with a stamped envelope from her kindergarten teacher. Mrs. Z had offered to be pen pals over the summer with kids from her class. By 4:00 that day (the last day of school, after getting home at 3:00), Anna had written her first pen pal letter. More >

June 3, 2008

Our current family read aloud is the classic book, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. We've just gotten to the Toy Tinker chapter, so don't tell me what happens! More >

May 30, 2008

We have a "publishing house" at our elementary school. It's a volunteer-run effort, and every child in the school publishes one special hard back book a year. More >

May 20, 2008

Phonics? Not hot. Family literacy? Not hot. Motivation? Not hot. Adolescent Literacy? Hot. Response to Intervention? Hot. More >

May 13, 2008

With permission, a question that we received through Ask the Expert: More >

May 7, 2008

Teacher Appreciation week is May 4-10, and parents all over are scrambling to find something that expresses their gratitude. Below are five quick ways to say thanks to a teacher and help build literacy skills at the same time. Each idea is intentionally fairly easy and inexpensive — just pick your favorite! More >


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