Tag Archives: school success

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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 […]

Father with daughter (6-7) reading book on sofa

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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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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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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NAG Kids to Help Them Catch the Summer Reading Bug

Kids tend not to read in the summertime. In school they are required to read, but when that structure falls away as the last dismissal bell tolls in the springtime, reading is so over for so many! Few of us care about whether kids continue to be good at sidewalk chalk art or riding skateboards […]