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Letting boys read what they want can help boost lagging language scores, Colorado educators say

The Denver Post – Monte Whaley

“Reading experts lay the blame for boys’ lagging reading skills on physical and emotional factors. Boys tend to be more fidgety in elementary school classrooms, making it harder for them to focus and settle down long enough to read a book. Girls, meanwhile, generally do better than boys in verbal ability, giving them an early advantage in learning to read, psychologists Paula Schwanenflugel and Nancy Flanagan Flapp wrote in Psychology Today.” (more)

Six things you should do when reading with your kids

Medical X-Press – Ameneh Shahaeian

“There is magic in stories. We all remember hearing them as children, and we loved them. Imaginary adventures set in faraway places. Tales about how the dishwasher isn’t working. It doesn’t matter! Whether made up by parents or read from books, kids love to hear stories. Our recent work showed reading to children positively impacts long term academic achievement more than many other activity (including playing music with them, or doing craft). We found the more frequently parents read to their children, the better their children’s NAPLAN scores in different areas.” (more)

4 reasons why some children have difficulty learning to read

E-School News – Julia Ottesen

“According to Hill for Literacy, about 66 percent of fourth-grade readers cannot read proficiently, which often translates into a growing achievement gap for these children. Why is reading such a difficult task to learn and teach? While humans are born with a natural ability for spoken language, reading is much different. In fact, Dr. Vera Blau-McCandliss, vice president of education and research at Square Panda, said that reading is a relatively new and unnatural phenomenon which she described in “Reading and the Brain.”” (more)

Baby and toddler storytime can create a lifetime love of reading

Ed Source – Ashley Hopkinson

“During the summer, dozens of libraries across California offer free programs for parents who want fun and engaging activities that promote early reading skills, such as open-ended creative playtime with blocks or puzzles. Though infants and toddlers are not subject to a loss of learning momentum that summer sometimes brings for older students, literacy experts say summer is an important period for children birth to age 5 to develop new vocabulary words and sounds.” (more)

Classroom libraries can plant the seed for a lifelong love of learning

Education Dive – Lauren Barack

” A book in a child’s hand is a gateway to learning, opening a door into other worlds. Teachers know this inherently, which is the reason many K-12 educators invest in classroom libraries, curating collections of books that students can access without ever leaving their room.” (more)

Reading Buddies

Edutopia – Ryan Wheeler

“Peer mentoring is a powerful, underused tool in schools. One study suggests that partnering with higher achieving peers can have a positive influence on a student’s learning, and students who are older, more capable readers can be these peers for young students. With this in mind, I have used a practice called Reading Buddies in elementary schools to great effect.” (more)