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Preventing bullying through…fiction? It works!

E-School News – Michael Dahl

“When you read, you become another person, if only for a short while. You see how that person lives and how they think. You experience their hopes and fears, and you see how they’ve come to be who they are. If you read five different books, you have a window into the lives of five different people. That’s what empathy is: to feel for that other person, and it opens you up to different experiences you may never have otherwise been able to share.”(more)

Reading to your children: a special time to learn

The Daily Extra – Lydia Olsen

“We all can remember those special times when a story was read to us, whether at home by somebody we love, at school, or maybe at the library. The story came to life, and we were enthralled with the words. The magic of story reading is a powerful tool. At least 55 percent of Utah’s parents read to their children ages 0-5 everyday compared to 47.9 percent of the nation, according to a survey conducted by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention National Center of Health Statistics. Why does reading aloud matter so much? Those children in the 55 percent of Utah families who are read to daily are developing literacy skills and language awareness. They have larger vocabularies, which at age 3 is a large predictor of language skill and reading comprehension for ages 9 and 10. But the benefits of reading aloud aren’t just linguistic; spending that time together can also build relationships between parents and children.”(more)

Getting Everyone on the Same Page

Edutopia – Robert Ward

“English teachers are typically literature lovers, so it’s natural for them to share their passion for reading with their students by introducing them to great books. However, some teachers find the prospect of reading and analyzing an entire novel with their classes to be overwhelming or problematic. Their most common concerns center around these questions:.”(more)

3 benefits of independent reading—and how to make it work in your classroom

Education Dive – Staff Writer

“Can school actually diminish a child’s love of reading? When students lack choice about the books they read, it can limit their enjoyment and motivation to read. Enter independent reading programs: Students can naturally find they love to read and build confidence when they choose their own reading materials. And as a result, independent reading programs can help improve comprehension, vocabulary and fluency.”(more)

How reading and writing with your child boost more than just literacy

Science Daily – Staff Writer

“Children who read and write at home — whether for assignments or just for fun — are building long-term study and executive function skills, according to a paper from the University of Washington. And while home literacy activities have already been associated with higher test scores, the new study shows these activities also provide students with tools for lifetime success.”(more)

Children’s books with humans have greater moral impact than animals, study finds

The Guardian – Alison Flood

“Forget the morals that millennia of children have learned from the Hare and the Tortoise and the Fox and the Crow: Aesop would have had a greater effect with his fables if he’d put the stories into the mouths of human characters, at least according to new research from the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).”(more)