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Using Science to Bring Literature to Life

Edutopia – Amy Schwartzbach-Kang and Edward Kang

“Too often when we consider how to connect science and literacy, we think about using literature to support science. Maybe it’s reading a fictional book with a science theme, or exploring a biography of a famous scientist. But we could instead turn that around and use science experiments as a way of bringing literature to life. Or we could use literature as a way to explore some of the questions about design and ethics that arise in the work of science.” (more)

Don’t knock kids for rereading books. Encourage them to read, full stop

The Guardian – Andrew McCallum

“The report comes from Renaissance Learning, which runs the Accelerated Reader programme in schools. This directs pupils to choose books based on their assessed reading age. It has a vested interest in constructing reading as a linear process to be tracked and measured. Is reading development really this simple though? I would argue that it’s much more complicated, particularly in the early teenage years. Of course we want children to tackle more challenging material as they grow older. But there are good reasons not to worry if your 13-year-old is yet again reading Walliams’s Billionaire Boy, so long as they still enjoy reading, do it regularly, and have teachers who can gradually nudge them towards new material.” (more)

What to do if your child hates reading

News.Com.Au – Lisa Mayoh

“HOW do you turn a child who hates reading into a little bookworm? Much of it begins at home and experts say even the most reluctant little reader can learn to love books if parents and caregivers follow a few simple steps. Start by making it part of family life, every single day. And that doesn’t just mean reading to your child: it means discovering the magic of books and the printed word together.” (more)

A Funny Side of Literacy

Edutopia – Maurice J. Elias

“When we talk about social skills and social and emotional learning (SEL), an important element is understanding the nuances of language, as well as the the context, the situation, we are in with others. Communication in the English language is not simple, even for native speakers.” (more)

Five Things Parents Should Know About Learning To Read

The Huffington Post – Sheila Mulvenney

“Most parents want their children to be well educated, to reach their potential and one of the foundation stones for learning is reading. As a parent it’s important to understand the processes involved in learning to read. Many parents were not taught to read using a synthetic phonics approach so developing an understanding about what that entails and the evidence that shows this is the best method to use to teach children to read, is really useful.” (more)

Accelerator Aims to Close Global Literacy Gap with Project Literacy

Language Magazine – Staff Writer

“Literacy rates have not improved in over 15 years, costing the world $1.19 trillion a year and leaving over 750 million people worldwide unable to read this sentence, so Project Literacy Lab, a partnership between Pearson and Unreasonable Group, part of the broader Project Literacy campaign, is bringing a new group of problem solvers to the table: entrepreneurs. This first-of-its-kind international accelerator focuses on scaling up ventures that are positioned to help close the global literacy gap by 2030.” (more)