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Could the Same Genes Shape Math Skills As Reading Ability?

Could the Same Genes Shape Math Skills As Reading Ability?

| July 25, 2014

About half the genetic contribution to a child’s reading ability also shapes how math-savvy she is, a big study of twins finds. But there’s still no telling exactly which genes are involved.

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Predicting Dyslexia — Even Before Children Learn to Read

Predicting Dyslexia — Even Before Children Learn to Read

| June 24, 2014 | 17 Comments

New research shows it’s possible to pick up some of the signs of dyslexia in the brain even before kids learn to read. And this earlier identification may start to substantially influence how parents, educators and clinicians tackle the disorder.

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25 Books That Diversify Kids’ Reading Lists This Summer

25 Books That Diversify Kids’ Reading Lists This Summer

| June 7, 2014

In children’s books, it can be easier to find talking pandas than characters of color. Here are 25 books with minority characters and authors to help diversify summer reading.

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Why Don’t Teens Read For Pleasure Like They Used To?

Why Don’t Teens Read For Pleasure Like They Used To?

| May 12, 2014

A survey of data shows a marked drop in teenagers reading for pleasure. Researchers are trying to figure out whether the explosion of e-reading and digital diversions is behind the decline.

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Why Kids Should Be Allowed to Act Out (Scenes) In Class

Why Kids Should Be Allowed to Act Out (Scenes) In Class

| April 21, 2014 | 7 Comments

For children, acting out words on the page can yield benefits. Especially for beginning readers, physically moving objects or one’s own body can provide a crucial bridge between real-life people, things, and actions, and the printed words meant to represent them. Fluent readers take this correspondence for granted, but many children find it difficult to grasp.

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How to Get Kids Hooked on Nonfiction Books This Summer

How to Get Kids Hooked on Nonfiction Books This Summer

| July 12, 2013 | 23 Comments

The long hot days of summer are the perfect time for kids to hone their knowledge of the wizard world, King Arthur’s court or the magical land of Narnia. And while many summer reading lists are sent home with the hope that students will bone up on fiction during the dog days, reading nonfiction can be just as beneficial — and just as exciting — as a great novel.

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Ready, Set, Read! Summer Fiction Ideas for Kids of All Ages

Ready, Set, Read! Summer Fiction Ideas for Kids of All Ages

| June 14, 2013 | 11 Comments

Reading high-quality fiction may serve a larger purpose than preparing students for college and tests. Several recent studies show that reading great literature makes individuals more empathetic. Here’s a great list of fiction books for kids of all ages, recommended by those who know best — librarians.

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The Case for Preserving the Pleasure of Deep Reading

The Case for Preserving the Pleasure of Deep Reading

| June 3, 2013 | 13 Comments

The deep reading of books and the information-driven reading we do on the web are very different, both in the experience they produce and in the capacities they develop. Recent research has demonstrated that deep reading—slow, immersive, rich in sensory detail and emotional and moral complexity—is a distinctive experience, different in kind from the mere decoding of words.

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Going Retro: Reading Apps for Real Books

Going Retro: Reading Apps for Real Books

| November 27, 2012 | 4 Comments

Reading Rainbow app YouTube clips. Texting. Twitter. Facebook status updates. The prevalence of short-attention-span media — easily scanned or consumed — has led to much hand-wringing over how students will develop that lifelong love of reading perceived to be so critical to lifelong learning. One answer (in addition to “it’s not as bad as you […]

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Preventing the Summer Slide in Reading

Preventing the Summer Slide in Reading

| June 9, 2011 | 2 Comments

In our last post on finding alternatives for the summer slide (the loss of academic skills and practice during summer months), we focused on math skills. Practicing reading skills is also crucial to maintaining a learning regiment during the summer — that much more so for low-income kids. “On average, middle-income students experience slight gains […]

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