Reading non-fiction can lead to children discovering self-directed inquiry … and naturally to enjoying even more terrific books!
Fascinating factual books help children wonder, explore and inquire about the entirety of the real world and the possibilities it offers to them.
Observing conversation BETWEEN adults about their personal experiences inspired by reading a book offer a child valuable insights into the possibilities of personal connections with books.
As you consider changes you want to make in the New Year, consider spending more time with little ones on your lap, enjoying books together.
In need of last-minute gifts? May we recommend books that offer children different perspectives about our world and the people who inhabit it.
When we show kids the WHY of reading and writing, they’ll explore and discover their way to HOW to read and write.
Each discussant offers something to everyone else’s understanding.
Teaching kids the simple and useful habit of jotting down reminders to themselves can help grow lifelong writers and readers.
Having begun to understand the powerful WHY of writing and reading, children begin delightedly learning about the roles that literacy can play in their lives.
There are the two lessons that establish the core of the lives of adult readers as lifelong learners.
Apropos of the Hallowe’en celebrations that occurred this past weekend, check out this article: How Gruesome Penny Dreadfuls Got Victorian Children Reading. Penny who? In the 18th century there was a form of adventuresome, frightening, sometimes even gory books, popular among the undereducated working classes in England, that were called “Penny Dreadfuls.” These simple books, […]
When children learn how emotionally full and experientially rich reading experiences can be, they are positioned to develop into lifelong readers.
Nurturing relaxed daily reading may very well be the finest contribution that a family can make in supporting a child’s development.
Encourage kids to write about their feelings and experiences. You’ll grow lifelong readers and learners if you do.
To lead children into reading proficiency, we must first activate the emotional needs that the artful language and the compelling illustrations touch in them.
Children who are not taught to access the joys and power of libraries and their books, the internet and other information sources are at a disadvantage when it comes to learning about life and the world.
Let’s never forget that the most important purpose of developing literacy is it’s promise in supporting personal understanding and lifelong learning.
The representations in books of things familiar to the new reader paves the way for them to develop lifelong affection for books and reading.
Deep sources of ideas and information, like books, fortify family and community cultures.
THE central goal of a good education is joyful, daily reading and learning…for life.
Science gives us microscopic and macro views of the world. Consider how both can inform the science of literacy education.
Book giving should be a much more elaborate interaction between giver and the receiver than just delivering a thoughtfully selected, prettily wrapped present.
The open handed sharing of valuable personal resources forms the basis for solid and fulfilling relationships.
Children who read nonfiction will gain a deeper understanding of the world and be better prepared to write factual information in their future careers.
Conversation about shared experiences can develop children’s closeness with others and deepen everyone’s natural reflections about themselves and their lives.
There are simple ways adults can help kids grow up to lead fulfilling lives, like allowing them to explore their interests through reading and conversation.
Go with a child’s flow of wanting new books to read. They’ll offer clues as to what opens their floodgates of excitement and interest. Watch, listen and meet them where they’re at.
Text and toy sets can help little ones begin to sense how books and things they love are connected to their families’ cultures.
There’s a basic, simple solution that nearly doubles the number of children doing well in learning to read.
Literacy is always about sharing. It can serve as the accumulating glue that holds communities together and builds lasting paths to lifelong personal growth and enduring relationships in life.
Our actions SHOW little ones our values.
Kids learn to ask questions from the kinds of questions we ask of them.
Set the stage for lifelong learning by teaching kids to breathe in wonderful information through reading and to breathe out their experiences and thoughts through writing.
If you want children to love reading, show them how much fun it is.
Living is learning. If we aren’t learning, we are just existing.
Old books, songs and other media with racist content can be crucial conversation starters and catalysts for societal change.
A wide variety of books can keep the humdrum and mundane of everyday life from elbowing out the truly glorious and fertile growth possibilities that are so much larger than what is offered to children at home or in the standard curricula of K-12 education.
Gifting a book is an expression of care.
Really, the only defensible goal of learning to read in school is not to increase yearly test scores, but to help children become eager, daily readers of self-selected books.