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Sunday, August 10, 2014

L.A. literacy program unites families, boosts kids’ reading skills

The L.A. Times – Sara Hayden

“The Los Angeles Unified School District plans to foot the bill for the Family Literacy Project but is proposing some cuts in an effort to keep it sustainable. This year, it’s expected to serve 144 families, many of which are low-income and learning English, compared with 200 last year.” (more)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Boost in California Education Budget Not Reflected in Results

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“Despite a continually increasing budget, the California education system has not shown much progress in the last 10 years. Since 1970, the states’ education budget has increased by 80% to its current amount of $152.3 billion…However…California shows no improvement in the areas of reading and math.” (more)

Education: Encouraging the reluctant boy reader

WRAL.com – Lissy Wood

“In this day and age of testing, one fact has become apparent to educators and parents: Boy readers are on a decline…Why? And what can parents do to help foster strong boy readers?” (more)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Jacksonville, FL Schools Add Hour for Reading Instruction

Education News – Grace Smith

“Duval County Schools, in the northwest corner of Florida, will be extending the school day or will create time during it, to follow the directive received from the state that 300 lower-performing campuses must add more time in the day for reading.” (more)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

What are the 100 books that your child should not miss?

The Christian Science Monitor – Molly Driscoll

“Amazon has released a new version of its “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime,” this one centered on children’s books.” (more)

Let’s Read! Let’s Move! Soars to New Heights

Homeroom – Molly Block

“The third installment of ED’s summer series Let’s Read! Let’s Move! blasted into space at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum on July 23…The program supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, which promotes healthy lifestyle choices and nutrition, while also encouraging strong early learning programs to ensure bright futures for children.” (more)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Learning To Read May Take Longer Than We Thought


“Most of what we know — or think we know — about how kids learn comes from classroom practice and behavioral psychology. Now, neuroscientists are adding to and qualifying that store of knowledge by studying the brain itself…new research in the journal Developmental Science suggests a famous phenomenon known as the “fourth-grade shift” isn’t so clear-cut.” (more)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

32 classic books for parents and kids to read together

The Christian Science Monitor – Mary Beth McCauley

“You don’t need an English degree for you and your children to read books simultaneously. Starting at the middle school level, experts say, there are plenty of classic titles sophisticated enough to hold parents’ attention yet accessible enough for kids.” (more)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What You Should Really Do If You Want Your Kids to Read This Summer

The Huffington Post – Katie Hurley

“The truth is that you can’t force your kids to read. Or you can, if you want to raise kids who hate reading and avoid it at all costs. But you can inspire a love of reading. You can leave the parenting rat race behind and stop worrying about the black cloud, the summer slide, and the potential look on the teacher’s face this September and just read for fun.” (more)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Picky reader? Let your child try nonfiction or biography

The Salisbury Post – Pam Everhardt Bloom

“To many children and their parents, reading involves a beautifully illustrated picture book or chapter book. These criteria can easily provide hours of happy reading, yet they can also be a constraint. This summer might be the time to open new doors of possibility in reading material for your child.” (more)