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Having Fun with Books!

The Reading Connection

Reading Strategies outlines three steps to helping your kids LOVE reading.

1.  Find high-interest books 

High-interest books are simply books to which kids are attracted.  You may not have thought of these selections are kid charmers.  Give them a try — you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Check it out!

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Read, speak, sing to your baby

“Read, speak, sing to your baby: How parents can promote literacy from birth.”
A wonderful page about ways you can encourage literacy in your child from a young age.
Reward your baby’s first tries at making sounds with smiles and hugs. This early communication is exciting for your baby, and your approval will encourage him to keep trying.
Check out the page here.
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The Future Of Reading

Here is a great New York Times Article about the future of reading, and whether reading online has the same affect as reading a book does.

As teenagers’ scores on standardized reading tests have declined or stagnated, some argue that the hours spent prowling the Internet are the enemy of reading — diminishing literacy, wrecking attention spans and destroying a precious common culture that exists only through the reading of books.

But others say the Internet has created a new kind of reading, one that schools and society should not discount. The Web inspires a teenager like Nadia, who might otherwise spend most of her leisure time watching television, to read and write.

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Providence Talks

Providence Talks is a great organization based in Rhode Island. The voluntary program gives low-income families “word pedometers” that count the number of words spoken to their children under four. The organization uses this information to work with families to increase the word count.

 

Early results demonstrate that simple access to information can be powerful. In one pilot study, caretakers presented with data on their child’s vocabulary development increased their adult daily word count by 55% on average.

Check them out at their website here.

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Closing the Knowledge Gap

Here is a great New York Times article regarding the knowledge gap and the importance of talking to children before they can respond.

Trying to Close a Knowledge Gap, Word by Word

“’We don’t want parents talking at babies,’ Ms. Lerner said. ‘We want parents talking with babies.'”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/26/us/trying-to-close-a-knowledge-gap-word-by-word.html?_r=0