Archive | Early Literacy

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Starters or Stoppers? That is the Question.

At its best, literacy starts conversations that can bring people closer together in understanding and connectedness. Literacy falls short of that promise when what passes for sharing books actually interrupts or stops such conversation. Ideally, literacy, like conversation, is a means for offering others information, feelings and experiences. Authors carefully craft what they wish to […]

Charlotte NC by Brian Young

Early Literacy: What’s Your Role?

I recently had the pleasure of meeting with the folks at Read Charlotte in North Carolina. This is a city-/county-wide effort to connect public, private and civic sectors of that region in addressing the troubling challenge that 60 percent of their children exit 3rd grade without the reading abilities associated with joyful success in school. […]

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Eye to Eye with Young Parents

Today I’ve been reading a National Academy of Sciences book about Birth through 8 year old education*. Given that the focus of the Unite for Literacy library is on supporting families of those children in helping them developing a love of books and reading, I grab everything I encounter about the active little learning machines […]

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Monkey Read, Monkey Do

This is Get Caught Reading month, according to www.ReadWriteThink.org. I’m a big advocate of the do as I do school of education, so providing children with the power of interacting with people who read gets a thumbs up from us here at Unite for Literacy. I like the “show them how and why people  read, […]

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The Promise of Pre-Preschool

I just read a marvelous short article  by Paul Tough, author of Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why, who shares that, “…there is overwhelming evidence that early childhood—the years before a child’s sixth birthday, and especially before her third—is a remarkable time of both opportunity and potential peril in a child’s development.”* The article […]

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It’s about Children’s Questions

A three-step guide for parenting for school and life success is simply: Read books together Talk about what you read Relax and have fun! Unite for Literacy is naturally all about reading as a foundation for lifelong learning. However, the most powerful aspect of parenting little ones to be successful doesn’t necessarily involve reading at […]

Small Talk Pays Off

Paid parental leave is common throughout Europe and many developed countries. The U.S. has been a late comer to this concept, but more employers are adopting policies giving parents paid time off when children are born or adopted. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, paid parental leave benefits families and the labor market alike. […]

Grinding Through Reading Grit

We’ve all found ourselves in-over-our-heads in our reading. The material could be focused on a financial matter (or taxes?!), a high-level research document, a philosophical treatise or we may have decided to wade into something like James Joyce’s Ulysses. At some point, perhaps even early on, we came to the realization that we aren’t going […]