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Encouraging Your Children to Read

The links below will take you to sites that provide great suggestions for helping your child develop and maintain an interest in reading.  Check back often – we’ll keep adding and modifying the list of suggested links.
Common Sense Media – a resource for parents to utilize to evaluate content

Helping with Homework

Virtual Middle School Library
Lots of links on this page, to sites that will help you with general education information, or with specific subject areas, like Math, Language Arts, Science, etc.  Family Education
This site is packed with ‘back-to-school’ information – and it goes beyond homework help (although there is a great homework section here…)
The main back-to-school page includes links on getting ready for school, back-to-school safety, ‘what parents need to know this school year’, and even breakfast and lunch ideas and recipes.

Book Suggestions for Reluctant Readers

Bunicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery,
by Deborah Howe
Bunicula(from the Amazon.com review): This immensely popular children’s story is told from the point of view of a dog named Harold. It all starts when Harold’s human family, the Monroes, goes to see the movie Dracula, and young Toby accidentally sits on a baby rabbit wrapped in a bundle on his seat. How could the family help but take the rabbit home and name it Bunnicula? Ages 9 to 12)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #1,
by Jeff Kinney
Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twi …more Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread,
by Kate DeCamillo
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.
The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians),
by Rick Riordan
When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped. And now it’s up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared—a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.

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