Parenting Book About Teaching Kids to Serve

Parenting Book- Teaching Kids to Serve - This Reading Mama

*This post contains affiliate links. If you are a parent, it’s no secret that this parenting thing isn’t easy! When my first son was just a month old, I began reading book after book, trying to figure out the secrets of taking care of a newborn. And it also wasn’t long before I was thoroughly […]

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A NEW LOOK! You may have noticed already, but we have a new look at This Reading Mama! I am so thankful to Melinda of The Helpy Helper for her hard work. We’re still doing some tweaking here and there, but for the most part, we’re ready for the new school year!   THIS READING […]

Back to School Ideas {and New After School Linky}

Spelling Activities

We’re nearing the end of July, the time when parents and educators start thinking about back to school! Wow. How the summer does fly! Here are some Back to School Ideas to jump-start your year. Want some fresh ideas for spelling this year? Try these 20 spelling activities from Every Star is Different. They’re sure to be […]

Alphabet Playdough Mats (FREE Printable Mats)

Alphabet Playdough Mats - This Reading Mama

Playdough is a favorite at our house. There’s hardly a day that goes by that I don’t hear, “Mommy, can we play with the playdough?” I also have little ones who love their alphabet (and two who still need to work on it a bit). So, I combined letter learning and playdough and created some Alphabet […]

Learning Resources for Elementary Kids

50 Learning Resources for Elementary Kids - organized by subject - This Reading Mama

If you have a child who is elementary school-age (K-5), you know how important is is to have reliable resources to help you. Whether you homeschool or send a child to school, it’s always nice to find a fresh idea to make learning come to life. And today, I’m sharing some online elementary learning blogs […]

5 Simple Ways to Improve Reading Comprehension

5 Simple Ways to Improve Reading Comprehension - This Reading Mama

I received a free online access from SNAP! Learning and was compensated for my time. All opinions expressed are my own.  What is reading comprehension? Why is it important? I know I’ve said it before, but it’s my favorite way to put it. Reading equals thinking. In order to truly read, a reader must also be thinking about the […]

Summer Fun Activities and New After School Linky

books about sandcastles from rubber boots and elf shoes

This week, I’m featuring a few FUN Summer Activities from last week’s After School Linky. 10 Summer Science Experiments from The Educators’ Spin on It Books and Activities about Sandcastles from Rubberbooks and Elf Shoes If you have a child who is struggling to learn letters, this Alphabet Relay from Tiny Tots Adventures looks SUPER […]

18 Ways to Use LEGO Bricks to Teach Literacy

18 Ways to Use LEGO Bricks to Teach Literacy - This Reading Mama

Today, I’m sharing 18 creative and hands-on ways that you can use LEGO bricks to teach literacy…from fine motor activities, alphabet activities, spelling activities, and writing activities. The best part about these activities is that they can always be adapted or changed to fit the needs of children/students. Spelling with LEGO Letters {This Reading Mama} […]

Follow This Reading Mama this Summer!

Follow This Reading Mama this Summer

This is the first day of July and I have decided…to take a break! Not forever; trust me. Just for most of the month of July. I will still be active and featuring posts from the After School Linky and I do have one extra post coming in mid-July, but other than that, I’m taking […]

FREE Printables for the 4th of July


The 4th of July is upon us and today, I’m featuring a few FREE printables to help you and your kids celebrate! Plus, there’s a new After School Linky at the end so be sure to link up your activities for your elementary-aged child.   3 Dinosaurs has TONS of free printables for 4th of […]