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There's Something to Learn Everyday

Everyday there is something to learn. I started reading "Alice's Farm: A Rabbit's Tale" by Maryrose Wood. I learned that a group of wild rabbits is a fluffle, and rabbit babies are called kittens. I've been having fun looking at the fluffle that visits my yard even though I am concerned about how much of my lawn they are nibbling. The crocus this spring will have to hide from the fluffle. Another thing I have recently learned is how to create custom games on playingcards.io. This has allowed me to create some online versions of games for The Black Silk Path, such as Go Fish!, that previously could only be played offline. If you use the online games for The Black Silk Path , please return to download the updated games. Directions on how to download the game file and import it into a custom game at playingcards.io have replaced the "No online game available" text. Game links are available on the " Ebook Users " page. I'll leave you to explore

Official Recognition

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It is often nice to receive some kind of recognition for our hard work or achievement. A smile or a "Good Job" can go a long way. I've appreciated the feedback on the Ed and Mel's Decodable Adventure books I have received. Thank you for taking the time to say something.  I am getting excited to share the third book in the trilogy. The Path's End brings resolution to the struggles Ed and Mel face. I hope it also brings encouragement to the students who read it. There are only a couple more details to finish and proof copies to double check before The Path's End is published. Through this process, I was reminded that a certificate of achievement can be a great way to celebrate the completion of a task.  So, I took a moment to ignore the dirty dishes in the sink and create certificates of achievement for the books. There are three options for each book, so you can print your favorite.  You'll notice that there is space for two names on the certificate. As &

Free Bookmarks

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 I've been working on finishing up The Path's End (book 3) so I can forward it to the editor. As I was working on the forward, I referenced the forwards from the first two books. All of a sudden, the word "bookmark" stood out to me.  The tiny distraction became a bigger distraction as I decided a bookmark project sounded like a good idea. I did finish up the forward, but I also now have Decodable Adventures themed bookmarks available to download. You can find them here .  

Free Reading Passage: Ed's Riddles and Mel's Poems

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  Ed’s Riddles and Mel’s Poems The following reading passages are based upon the characters in “The Black Silk Path” by Heather Doolittle which is available through several Amazon Marketplaces. “The Black Silk Path” follows the skill progression of the Level 3 Barton Reading & Spelling System scope and sequence. The following reading passages use all the skills introduced in Barton Reading & Spelling System Level 3. For more information on which skills are used, visit the “The Black Silk Path” page at DecodableAdventures.com.     PDF Version   Narrator: This reading will help you get to know Ed and Mel a bit better. They are still under the spell of R.L. Nox, so much of what they share is like a riddle. If you have not yet met Ed and Mel, the book “The Black Silk Path” will explain who they are and how they came to be under the spell of R.L. Nox. To catch you up a bit, the spell is an attempt to foil Ed and Mel’s efforts to find their kidnapped parents. T

Barton's Stand-Alone Books

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  I am honored to have the opportunity to write stories that follow the Barton Reading & Spelling System scope and sequence. Choices can be helpful as we encourage students to practice their reading and to find the kind of books they enjoy. I wanted to share a resource that can help you find which Barton Stand-Alone books will be a good match for your student(s) (for levels 3 and 4.) This comes from a fellow Barton tutor and parent's blog, "Lindy's Homeschool." Barton Reading & Spelling Stand-Alone Book Review I was excited to see a short summary for each of the Stand-Alone stories as well as Lindy's notes. Thanks Lindy!

The Hunt for R. L. Nox is Here

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The Hunt for R. L. Nox for Barton Reading & Spelling Level 4 is now on Amazon for purchase in paperback! I'm so excited to share it! The Kindle version is being processed as I write this blog post. More information such as the look inside feature will be available soon. If you want to check them out, the Game Appendix and the online game adaptations have been added to the " eBook Users " page. Also, new information is on the The Hunt for R. L. Nox page. The Hunt for R. L. Nox reflects part of our family's journey where we began to explore and lean into our strengths while still dealing with the challenges of dyslexia. It was a challenge for us to balance remediation of weaknesses and focus on building strengths. Author Stephanie Bryant wrote, "The miracle is worth the mess." I agree. I remember the tough days where I felt defeated. I remember clinging to the hope of Bryant's quote. Now, I am in a season where I get to see that miracle unfolding. I

Decodable Book Resource

I am excited that Decodable Adventures made The Reading League's Decodable Text Sources with Links page! I am also very excited to have so many decodable book options listed all in one place. What a great resource! Thank you Reading League ! Find The Reading League's Decodable Text Sources with Links page here .

Free Reading Passage: Ed's Story

Ed’s Story The following reading passages are based upon the characters in “The Black Silk Path” by Heather Doolittle which is available through several Amazon Marketplaces. “The Black Silk Path” follows the skill progression of the Level 3 Barton Reading & Spelling System scope and sequence. The following reading passages use all the skills introduced in Barton Reading & Spelling System Level 3. For more information on which skills are used, visit the “The Black Silk Path” page at DecodableAdventures.com. PDF Version  Narrator: This reading will help you get to know Ed and Mel a bit better. They are still under the spell of R.L. Nox, so much of what they share is like a riddle. If you have not yet met Ed and Mel, the book “The Black Silk Path” will explain who they are and how they came to be under the spell of R.L. Nox. To catch you up a bit, the spell is an attempt to foil Ed and Mel’s efforts to find their kidnapped parents. The spell stole their ab