Tag Archives: brain development

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Reading or Homework? You Decide.

It’s March which means there’s much to celebrate! Like the spring equinox on the 20th, St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th and the beginning of the U.S. college men’s basketball showdown—March Madness—on the 14th (GO Cards!). March also provides an opportunity to celebrate reading, as it is Read Aloud Month. This recognition is promoted by Read Aloud […]

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Your “Mother” Language

This week the United Nations invites us to celebrate International Mother Language Day. I’m guessing most of us are unaware of this invitation, especially those of us in the U.S., where celebrating our mother language is a bit like fish celebrating water. Why celebrate something that seems omnipresent? Indeed, those of us who hail from the good ole […]

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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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What’s in a slogan

Just do it!* When you care enough to send the very best.** Share moments. Share life.*** These kinds of short phrases capture and solidify important messages in a single utterance that carries with it a much deeper meaning. They create a lasting, positive impression of the campaign that they represent. We have such things in […]

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Read Where You Are

This week, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has declared today, Wednesday, July 29, as Read Where You Are day. Of course it’s not possible to read where you aren’t, so everyone who is reading anything, anywhere, is on board already. The implication of this invitation is that, in the eyes of the DOE, books […]

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The UNcommon Core

I’ve just returned from the annual International Literacy Association conference which was held in St. Louis, Missouri. I was impressed most particularly with the ubiquity of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as a touchstone for virtually everything that was being showcased in the huge exhibit hall. Every book publisher seemed to have something to […]

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Celebrate July 4th, Cultivate Independence

I learned recently that Ben Franklin didn’t think the 4th of July was a good choice of a date for celebrating our country’s independence. He thought the Declaration of Independence was a wonderful thing to assert of course, but he reflected that a better date for a holiday might coincide with the events that actually […]