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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Focus on play in kindergarten may improve grades

Reuters – Kathryn Doyle

“(Reuters Health) – Training teachers to promote structured play among kindergarteners yields improved reading, vocabulary and math scores that persist into first grade, according to a new study.” (more)

Friday, November 14, 2014

National Readathon Day will take place this January

The Christian Science Monitor – Molly Driscoll

“Do you and your friends like to sit down and read together? Publisher Penguin Random House wants you to do that on Jan. 24 next year. Penguin Random House is teaming up with the National Book Foundation and the websites Goodreads and Mashable to launch a National Readathon Day on Jan. 24.” (more)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Steer Your Young Child to the Library

The Huffington Post – Dr. Rebecca Palacios

“November is Picture Book Month and this week is National Young Readers Week, which got me thinking about libraries and the tremendous value they offer our young children…Many libraries offer wonderful programs for young children throughout the year. These can range from Lego learning to learning music to learning another language.” (more)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Ontario education minister stresses the ‘basics’ during speech at Laurier

The Waterloo Region Record – Liz Monteiro

” WATERLOO — Despite a push on new technologies with tablets in some Ontario classrooms, the provincial government remains focused on improving students’ reading, writing and math skills, says the education minister.” (more)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Reasons Why Reading With Your Child Is a Habit Worth Keeping

The Huffington Post – Adriana & George Sifakis

“I have had great success with reading with my children and will continue the habit and routine of reading together daily, to promote and encourage literacy and confidence. Here are five reasons why developing a habit of reading daily with your child can instill confidence, knowledge, and a love of reading:” (more)

Friday, October 31, 2014

Teachers use storybooks to introduce kindergartners to math, reading, art and science

Oregon Live – Laura Frazier

“In the classroom, storybooks are a starting point and roadmap for instruction. After reading multiple versions of the Johnny Appleseed tale for a unit on apples, students estimated how many seeds they would find in an apple, made apple pies and visited a nursery. They worked on apple-themed art projects and made a graph based on their family’s favorite variety of the fruit.” (more)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

9 Interesting Tips a Parent Can Help With Reading

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning – Med Kharbach

“Here is a good visual…featuring 9 ways a parent can help with reading…The ideas are pretty basic and and some are commonsensical but they are really a good refresher of what you, as a parent, should pay attention to in order to help your kids become better readers.” (more)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

10 Tips For Close Reading Success

Educational Technology & Mobile Learning – Med Kharbach

“Reading well requires much more than just decoding textual input, it is rather a process of making meaning of text using a wide range of critical and intellectual skills and drawing on different cues…In the visual below…ten tips are provided for successful close reading activities.” (more)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The 3 Best Ways to Boost Your Baby’s Language Development

The Huffington Post – Tracy Cutchlow

“Speak with your baby in a certain way, new research shows, and your baby is far more likely to pick up on language. The difference is big — more than double the vocabulary by age 2.” (more)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Do you know the 5 Rs of early education? – Anna Nguyen

“In June, the AAP issued a new recommendations on early literacy that emphasized “reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships”…And now the AAP has more information for parents…” (more)