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Bookish Chatter

My brother sent me an article about the value added by parent and sibling small talk to the language development of infants. Presumably to entice people to read the article, from England’s DailyMail.com, it sported the inflammatory headline: “Mindless chatter is FOUR TIMES better at improving a child’s communication skills than bedtime reading, claims study” […]

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2 Book Tuesday

Unite for Literacy is known for its free online library of narrated picture books for new readers (www.uniteforliteracy.com). This week, we initiated what we have termed Two Book Tuesday (#2BookTues). Every Tuesday for the foreseeable future, we will be adding two new books to the Unite for Literacy Library. Like all of our other books, […]

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Next Window, please…

Windows of opportunity, like house windows, only provide fresh air when they are open. A closed window of opportunity is like a wall in a house. Well, actually, procrastinators can see what might have been possible by studying a lost opportunity window, but once a window that offered choices is closed, there’s really not much […]

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over and Over and OVER again!

Many research studies exist about the fabulous benefits of repeatedly reading a well-chosen book to children. Good teachers know and use this tactic to promote fluent reading, enrich vocabulary, engender deep comprehension,  and encourage richer conversation. However, this practice that research supports and teachers sometimes drives many well-intentioned parents crazy. When a child asks for […]

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Are we THERE Yet?

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times to travel in the entire year. As proof, Denver’s airport expects 1 million travelers to pass through its concourses between now and early next week! Christmas is right up there, too. Travel can be largely a “hurry up and wait” enterprise no matter how you do it. For […]