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.
Libraries and other cultural institutions offer a wide variety of learning materials–not just books.
Science-based instruction is important but careful observation of kids to see what they need to succeed is paramount.
Signs that are all around us can provide important literacy lessons for children.
Book time qualifies as special time that shouldn’t be interrupted.
How do some kids score as proficient on yearly tests while the large majority don’t?
Learning the WHY of print is essential for children to become effective, lifelong readers and writers.
When adults share their own stories with children, connections are built between people and literacy learning is nurtured.
When children have their own books kept on a special shelf, they learn that books are valuable treasures.
Even if a book that a child wants to read over and over is not considered great literature, it can be a powerful influence on that child’s literacy growth and development of loving books.