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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Reading Is About More Than ‘Evidence’

Education Week – Mia Hood

“If we want to prepare students for college and career, let’s teach them the full range of reading required of us in college and career…Let’s teach them not only to use text as evidence to support claims, but also to let the text move, teach, frustrate, confuse, and compel them.” (more)

Helping Your Child Succeed: Bedtime stories help boost children’s brain development

Marianas Variety – Elizabeth Hamilton

“Parents have long known that bedtime stories not only help kids relax and fall asleep more easily, they also create an emotional bond between the storyteller and the listener. What they may not know is there is another essential benefit of this traditional nighttime routine — boosting children’s brain development.” (more)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Arm-twist parents into school story-time, says Rosen

BBC – Hannah Richardson

“Children’s author Michael Rosen has urged primary schools to make parents come and sit on the floor for a grown-up story time.” (more)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

John Kitzhaber to begin big push for parents to tell stories to little kids

Oregon Live – Betsy Hammond

“Kitzhaber and Umqua Bank executive Ray Davis will launch the “stORytime” campaign Monday at Bridger Elementary in Southeast Portland, Kitzhaber aides announced Friday.”(more)

Rise in children passing literacy benchmarks as phonics method pays off

The Guardian – Richard Adams

“Government’s phonics check sees 5% rise in number of five- and six-year-olds passing, with 74% of pupils in England reaching expected standard.”(more)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Don’t overlook your school librarian, they’re the unsung heroes of literacy

The Guardian – Sally Dring

“When talking about teaching and learning, most people don’t immediately think of librarians. But in a school where the librarian or learning resource centre manager is valued and properly made use of, we can teach important skills.” (more)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Literacy program helps children read at grade level

The Miami Herald – Alexi C. Cardona

“Two plastic crates filled with children’s books were wheeled into the community center of a housing development in Liberty City. A dozen children chattered as they waited for a cardboard bookshelf to be stocked with the books about colors and numbers, sharks, fairy tales and the adventures of cartoon characters.” (more)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Poor reading ‘could cost UK £32bn in growth by 2025′

The Guardian – Patrick Wintour

“The fear that 1.5 million British children will reach the age of 11 unable to “read well” by 2025 has prompted the launch on Monday of a new campaign backed by a coalition of businesses, charities, bestselling authors and teaching professionals.” (more)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Study: Two Years of Music Education Improves Reading, Speech

Education News – Grace Smith

“Researchers at Northwestern University in Illinois believe that musical training plays an important role in educational achievement.” (more)

Monday, September 1, 2014

How to be good at going to school: Mallick

The Star – Heather Mallick

“Read everything you’re given, and more. Reading makes your brain expand, it gives you a storehouse that you will draw on for the rest of your life. Think of your brain as a cow. Feed it grass and grain. Milk that thing.” (more)