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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 […]

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Simply, Calmly, Read and Talk

Children who struggle in school often lack sufficient background information about the topics they are studying. They also can lack the language to express their own needs and respond productively in their interactions with others. These twin handicaps, taken together, can create a drag upon the academic development of children who otherwise might be soaring […]

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Avid Reading Truth

Truth is a unique thing. It is a statement of what is so. Not what might be or could be. It’s what IS. When encountering the idea of truth, I typically consider phrases like “eternal truth” and events like legal testimony and of course the (ahem) truth declarations we associate with politicians.  We all operate […]