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Friday, February 14, 2014

5 reasons to teach spelling, handwriting in the new year

SmartBlog on Education – J. Richard Gentry

“Students will be better students if they are equipped with spelling and handwriting skills, which are critical for reading and writing success and act as stepping stones to higher test scores…Here are five evidence-based reasons for teaching spelling and handwriting explicitly…”(more)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Is Kindergarten the New First Grade? Researchers Say Yes

Education Week – Sarah D. Sparks

“The days when kindergarten focused on playing and finger painting may be waning, as early-learning classrooms devote significantly more attention to preparing students to read, according to a new University of Virginia study.”(more)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Fourth Grade Reading Skills Improve, Still Low

The Huffington Post – Adrienne Lu

“Slightly more fourth graders nationwide are reading proficiently compared to a decade ago, but only a third of them are now reading well, according to a new report. The study also found the reading skills gap between children from lower-income and higher-income families has grown, and proficiency varies considerably across states.”(more)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Bedtime story reading on the rise, study claims

The Telegraph – Miranda Prynne

“The number of parents who regularly read their children bedtime stories has almost doubled in a generation with many adding celebrity plotlines and real life dramas into classic tales, a new study reveals. “(more)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Pleasure Reading

Education Week – Jeffrey D. Wilhelm & Michael W. Smith

“A recent study by David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano of The New School for Social Research in New York City argues that reading literary fiction (as compared with reading popular fiction, or nothing at all) temporarily enhances one’s ability to understand others’ mental states and deepens empathy.”(more)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Can you make kids love books?

Salon – Laura Miller

“This is what most adults forget in their pervasive worrying about how to make their kids “better” readers, or readers at all…Books are not a one-size-fits-all proposition for children any more than they are for adults. When it comes to coaxing an unbookish child to read, the genius of a great teacher lies not in lesson plans but in chemistry, in matching the right book with the right kid.”(more)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Study: Reading a Novel Changes Your Brain

The Atlantic – Julia Ryan

“The new study out of Emory University looks at how the brain changes function and structure over the course of reading a novel… their results suggest reading could have long-term effects on the brain through the strengthening of the language-processing regions…”(more)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Will Your Child Be Ready For School?

Cary Citizen – Geoff Pender

“School registrations have started…How can parents predict now if their child will be ready to attend Kindergarden so many months from now?…Children who come from homes where adults read, spend engaged time with their children, value literacy, and/or have some social interactions with other children in child care, play groups, or preschool are usually well prepared for kindergarten.”(more)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014: The year of universal proficiency

Thomas B. Fordham Institute – Michael J. Petrilli

“Schools nationwide have been labeled as failures for not getting 100 percent of their students to proficiency. Many of these schools contributed to the nationwide progress that’s discernable on NAEP. Such schools deserve our praise, not our scorn. And they deserve wiser policymaking going forward.”(more)

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Gift of Reading gives books to two Irving schools

Neighbors Go Irving – Deborah Fleck

“Monica Orozco, 10, has a passion for reading. Three years ago when she found out that not all families had books, she decided to share her passion by giving books to fellow students. Monica named her project the Gift of Reading. She got to work and wrote letters to authors and bookstores. She asked around for donations. Books poured in…”(more)