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Are There Words That Rhyme With Orange? Eminem Says Yes!

We had this conversation on the air this morning. Are there or aren't there words that rhyme with orange?  Rapper Eminem would like to think that there is.

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See A Demo Slideshow Of The Reading, Writing and Rhyming School Program [VIDEO]

It's that time of year again - sharpen the pencils, get out the brand new notebooks and get ready for another school year ( who am I kidding - for all I know, the kids all have iPads!)

Be that as it may, I am taking sign-ups for the Reading, Writing and Rhyming Tour for this year.  There is a quick and dirty form below and also a slideshow to demonstrate the program, in case you were wondering! 

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Sign Up For Now For Richie’s Reading, Writing, and Rhyming Tour

This is now year 19 of the Reading, Writing and Rhyming School Tour. It's unbelievable, but it's true.    Besides being on the air, it's the most fun I've ever had behind a piano.  And the fun's about to continue. In fact, I'm DOUBLING the appearances this year to give more schools a chance, and to give me more of a chance to meet YOU! 

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Marie Curie Institute Students in Amsterdam Really Love Reading (and Writing and Rhyming!)- [AUDIO]

This was a very interesting and rewarding experience - traveling to the Marie Curie Institute  of Engineering and Communications in Amsterdam. (Sounds like a college, doesn't it?) Well, these kids were smart enough to be in one, and they were just second graders!

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Should Parents Be Fined For Bullying Kids? Monona, Wisconsin Officials Say “Yes”

This is a pretty novel idea, but it could get a little complicated.  If your kid bullies, should YOU be fined? 

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Comin’ Round The Mountain To Wheelerville Elementary – Readin’, Writin’ and Rhymin’ [AUDIO]

I know I sound like a broken record, but I had a blast at my recent school appearance.  I don't think that will ever change!  This one was a total group effort.  A parent started the writing process and the kids "tweaked it" here and there.  Here is the result.

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Your Child’s Work Could Get Published Very Easily With BoomWriter

You've heard of Reading, Writing and Rhyming?  Now we have Reading, Writing and Publishing! This is a fantastic new service I can get kids to really work on the writing skills plus get their work out there with Boomwriter

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Yates Elementary School Sings About Rudolph The High Tech Reindeer! Reading, Writing and Rhyming

I was reminded by Mrs. Toher yesterday upon visiting this school that it is my 5th appearance there.  Hopefully I'm not wearing out my welcome, but I always enjoy the kids at Yates Magnet School.  This visit was no exception

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A Quick and Heartfelt Comment On Newtown, Connecticut Tragedy

This incredible, sickening tragedy hits EVERYONE in so many ways. Whether you are a parent, a teacher,  a child, a relative, friend, neighbor, WHATEVER - you have to be in total shock. As for me?  I visit 30 elementary schools a year.  I am devastated as well

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The Readin’, Writin’ and Rhymin’ Tour Has Only Four Openings Left For The Entire Year – Book Now!

I guess the title says it all here.  It's a good problem to have I guess. I've been inundated with requests this year and although very happy about it, I don't want to shut out "old customers" or new schools who want a visit. Not trying to pressure you, teachers - I'm just saying....

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Richie’s Reading, Writing, and Rhyming School Tour Is Taking Appearance Requests Starting Now

This is now year 18 of the Reading, Writing and Rhyming School Tour. It's unbelievable, but it's true.  Heck, I'd do another 18 if I could.  Besides being on the air, it's the most fun I've ever had behind a piano.  And the fun's about to continue.  I want to come to YOUR school.  Here's how to sign up

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Looking For One Last Summer Camp Appearance- Readin’, Writin, and Rhymin’

We're wrapping up the summer fairly soon.  I want to write a song with kids outside in a real live summer camp setting.  Any camp counselors out there? 

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