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Leading Kids to Reading

Who are the kids who don’t read? Who don’t find solace or adventure or entertainment between the pages of a book? Often, it’s the those kids who struggle, totally unnecessarily, in school and perhaps in life. Of course, it’s not a simple formula like: Reading books = School success and a promising life However, all […]

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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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Knowing and Growing Takes All Types of Books

Storybooks. The term conjures up images of fairy tales and mythical creatures and villains and heroines of all kinds. It reminds me of spending time with the characters in beloved series books for youngsters, like Encyclopedia Brown, Junie B. Jones, Ramona, Emelia Bedelia, Frog and Toad, The Magic School Bus, Magic Tree House and the […]

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The Zone of Proximal Goofing Around?

Soviet psychologist Lev Vygotsky introduced the concept that social interaction advances a child’s learning. He put forth that conversation leverages the interaction between a less experienced kiddo and a more experienced person. The difference between what a child can learn on her own and what she can learn with  help was termed the Zone of Proximal Development. We […]

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Homework. A Help or a Hinderance?

Remember the fun of doing homework each evening during the school year? Me neither. Research* on homework indicates that much of what gets assigned in schools not only doesn’t help kids learn anything long term, but actually is off-putting, takes the joy out of learning and sometimes even reduces learning rather than enhances it. To […]

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Free at Last

It was the spring of 1968. Seven of us students from Kansas University were gleefully headed from Lawrence, Kan., to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., anticipating acting out our personal freedom fantasies during a week on the beach. That journey didn’t turn out as we had planned, but then fantasies rarely do. We headed southeast for the long journey […]

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TO and WITH – REconsidering Reading

It’s a New Year, a time when many consider new resolutions, intentions and commitments. I would argue it’s also time to REconsider some of our standard practices, like the experiences we can offer to emerging readers when we read TO them and/or WITH them. The differences between these two are important, though perhaps not obvious. […]

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Joyful Learning

Individuals can decide to learn something relatively complicated on their own. And left to their own devices, most folks figure out how to use available resources to make learning a relaxed, fulfilling project. Consider the following examples: Example A – A four year old watched with envy as his much taller, six-year-old brother rode his new bicycle. […]

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There’s Time Enough to Discover Talent and Passion Through Reading

How do folks find time for reading? Retirees or those on vacation, who seem to be able to do whatever they please whenever they like, would be expected to disappear into a book at will. They may have one book going or a half dozen scattered around their lives. Why not?! There also are others who work […]

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What if They Don’t Love Books and Reading?

The love of books does not come easily to children whose parents aren’t readers or whose teachers don’t include this most important whole-child goal in their instructional practice. A love of books and reading needs to be in place if we expect anyone to be able to read beyond the basics. Avid readers not only […]