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9 Benefits Of Reading With Your Kid, According To Science

Romper – Lindsay Mack

“If you’re the parent of a young child, chances are you spend a lot of time reading to them. After all, it’s fun to cuddle up with your little one for a few minutes and enjoy the fun stories and bright illustrations in children’s books. But story time may be helping out your kid even more than you realize. In fact, there are many benefits of reading with your kid, according to science. Some of the benefits are obvious. Kids who are read to frequently from a young age often have better language skills, for instance. But reading together may also help your kid develop logic skills, emotional recognition, and even higher math abilities. Basically? There is no downside to reading with your child. Academics aside, having a regular story time together means that you and your child are guaranteed to enjoy a few minutes of bonding every day.”(more)

Reading fundamental to success: Literacy should be everyone’s concern, experts say

Wisconsin Dell News – Ed Legge

“Had Vince Lombardi been a literacy advocate instead of a football coach, he probably would have said “reading isn’t everything, it’s the only thing” – and he would not have been far off the mark. While knowing how to read may not be “the only thing” important to the average person’s well-being, the ability or inability to read can and usually does have a profound effect on just about everything else in life. For children, whether they are newborns just learning to sense the world around them or teenagers starting to find their way as young adults, learning and using the buildings blocks of reading are essential, and experts say that learning and practice should never stop, no matter how young or old one is.”(more)

Getting struggling students to read requires both data and compassion

E-School News – Tammy Mangus

“Too many teachers simply move students along to be kind. Can the impartiality of data help? When I became an administrator back in 2008, I realized there were too many students flying under the radar and not reading at their grade level. If there’s one thing I know as an educator, now a superintendent, it’s that reading level defines success—period. Research shows that if a student reads on grade level, his or her likelihood of being successful dramatically increases. Early in my educational career, I learned first-hand the impact of using student achievement data to guide my instruction, but assessment results don’t tell the whole story of a student. As part of my mission to see that no student falls through the cracks, all are greater than average, and everyone graduates knowing how to read, I developed an idea called “Truthful Kindness and Necessary Action” to help me balance objective reporting and empathy for students.”(more)

The Love of Reading: There is Much More Than Literacy at Stake for Young Learners

The Prescott News – John Grimaldi

“Getting your kids ready for school goes beyond outfitting them with pencils, pens and new clothes,” says author and publisher David Bruce Smith. “The most important ‘gift’ you can give your child is a love for reading.” He says that reading is elemental to the education process but, he adds, there is much more than literacy at stake for young learners. “To paraphrase a character in a movie I once saw, the key to all knowledge comes in words.” Smith, who co-founded the Grateful American Book Prize for authors who write and publish historically accurate works of fiction/nonfiction– especially for kids– points out that a well-read child becomes a productive citizen. Reading also promotes curiosity, which is a cornerstone of success in later life.”(more)

With Kids’ Empathy on the Decline, Books and Talking Help

Education News – Grace Smith

“Parents know what it’s like when their child does something wrong and they try to get the youngster to apologize. The child usually refuses to do so, but finally might get a very soft “sorry”out, which by no means conveys empathy and was said to get the parents off their backs. Kelly Wallace of CNN writes that parents seem to be unable to find a way to have their children learn from the incident, make sure the children do not repeat the offense, and have the kids empathize with the other person. CNN asked parents to act out how they would manage these encounters and had a parenting expert listen to their interaction and give some feedback. One Atlanta mom said that if anyone bothers her son’s Lego creations, he can become explosive. His reaction is based on what he sees as someone coming into his space, so he does not understand why he should apologize. Trying to get him to apologize for his tantrum in that moment, she added, is just futile. Erik Fisher, a psychologist, and co-author of The Art of Empowered Parenting: The Manual You Wish Your Kids Came With, said this mother should help her son calm down by talking to him in a quiet voice and asking him how he might be able to show his friend that he was sorry.”(more)

The Merits of Reading Real Books to Your Children

The New York Times – Perri Klass, M.D.

“A new Harry Potter book and a new round of stories about midnight book release parties reminded me of the persistent power of words printed on a page to shape children’s lives. How do we think about a distinct role for paper, for “book-books” in children’s lives? My own pediatric cause is literacy promotion for young children. I am the national medical director of the program Reach Out and Read, which follows a model of talking with the parents of babies, toddlers and preschoolers about the importance of reading aloud, and giving away a developmentally appropriate children’s book at every checkup.”(more)