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Writing for children

Writing Goes Hand in Hand with Reading

Reading and writing are skills that go hand in hand. As children develop, they learn to speak first. Reading follows, and then the ability to write in their language. Writing is a great way to reinforce the lessons they learn from reading. They start to...

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Promote Summer Reading

Activites that Promote Summer Reading

No longer required to be in a classroom for hours every day, students spend their summers relaxing and trying to pack all the fun in they can before fall. While they have certainly earned a break after nine months of school, taking a full summer...

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Bridge to literacy.

Literacy and the Bridge to Opportunity

Lisa Soricone is associate research director for the Building Economic Opportunity Group at Jobs for the Future, a national nonprofit that builds educational and economic opportunity for underserved populations in the United States. Soricone works to help low-skilled adults advance to careers that can support...

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Summer Slide Parent reading with child

Why Fighting the Summer Slide Matters

In the mid-19th century, students did not see anything like the modern summer break. The rise of the summer break in schools is a product of a shift from rural to urban living. Early cities were hot and dirty. Parents who could leave the city...

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Grade Level Reading

Why Grade Level Reading is Critical for Students

There are milestones that every family looks forward to in the development of their children. The first night they sleep all night. Their first steps. The first words they speak. The first day they attend school (and the last day). Starting that awkward trek from...

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Teach Social Skills Charlotte's Web

Want to Teach Social Skills? Start with Reading

Readers pick up books to be entertained by the stories they tell. Take Charlotte’s Web for example. It is the story of a girl, Fern, and a runt-of-the-litter pig named Wilbur. Wilbur learns that he is being fattened up for Christmas dinner, which rightfully saddens...

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summer reading gap

How One Public School System Mitigated the Summer Reading Gap

Written by Kelli Marie Cedo, an English/Language Arts Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Lead for Hampton City Schools in Hampton, VA. Previously, she was principal of Forrest Elementary School in Hampton. Cedo has also served as Title I coordinator, division contact for school improvement, literacy coach, academic coordinator...

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Challenge Young Readers Boy Reading

Ways To Challenge Young Readers

As we are getting to the final months of the school year, it may become more of a challenge to keep students engaged in learning. This might be the perfect time of year to introduce some activities that will challenge your students to explore new...

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Teacher Looking for Reading Materials

Teachers, Read More Children’s Books!

It’s no secret teachers work hard during the school year, but they enjoy their time off as much as the students do. However, even in their off time, teachers spend time getting ready for the next year, brushing up on new skills and techniques, and staying...

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