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There’s a reason your child wants to read the same book over and over again

The Conversation – Jane Herbert and Elisabeth Duursma

“We often hear about the benefits of reading storybooks at bedtime for promoting vocabulary, early literacy skills, and a good relationship with your child. But the experts haven’t been in your home, and your child requests the same book every single night, sometimes multiple times a night. You both know all the words off by heart.” (more)

Make Holiday Time Read-Aloud Time!

Education World – Staff Writer

“The December school break is a good time for parents to curl up with their children and read books. By reading with children during the holiday break, parents will help maintain children’s reading ability and get a sense of any reading problems their children might have. Research also shows that reading and discussing books with children helps build their vocabularies.” (more)

Giving the Gift of Literacy

Edutopia – Darby Evans

“During the holiday season and when birthdays roll around, parents often seek out gifts that their kids will enjoy while also learning something—a delicate balance. Gifts that support literacy—books, magazines, and apps—work well at every age. Teachers can help out by sharing this list with parents. You can add your own great ideas too, and if you want a more extensive list, check out these suggestions from the Notre Dame Center for Literacy. (All prices current as of December 2018.).” (more)

Simple but true: Reading, talking to kids has dramatic impact

Hometown Life – Steve M. Matthews

“What can parents do to help their children be successful in school? It may seem too easy to be true, but the best advice I ever received as a parent on what I could do to help my child be successful was this simple bit of wisdom: Read to young children, talk to adolescents.” (more)

3 reasons why the reading gap is still alarmingly wide

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“Reading ability is a big predictor of other academic success, and unfortunately, many U.S. students are not reading at grade level, according to new research. Research has long established that proficient reading helps students succeed in other subject areas, especially as academic content becomes more challenging. Students who do not read at grade level by 4th grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. Reading ability also helps children develop empathy and self-confidence.” (more)

Literature quality linked to foreign language ability in young people

PHYS.ORG – Staff Writer

“Reading complex and engaging texts is key to inspiring young learners’ interest in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and potentially improving how the subject is taught in UK secondary schools, according to new Oxford University research. The study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation and conducted by researchers at Oxford’s Department of Education in collaboration with peers from the universities of Reading and Southampton, suggests that the current curriculum is too simplistic and ‘dry’ for some students.” (more)