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It is the Opportunity Gap, Not the Achievement Gap

We call it the \”achievement gap\” – but isn\’t it really an opportunity gap? A closer look at socioeconomic reading disparities — and how we can help your child to close the gap For decades, efforts to reduce the racial divide on test scores has relied on federal funding to supplement efforts to boost scores …

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Thirty minutes of screen time with Captions ON! is equivalent to reading thirty pages of a book

When a family clicks the CC button on their TV’s remote control, or clicks the CC option on YouTube, or video games like Fortnite, the text that appears on the screen is synchronized with the script and the on-screen action. This shows captions, or subtitles at the same speed as those on screen are speaking. …

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Discovery Sheets: Talking About Books Builds Reading Skills

Every book we mail home has a book-specific “Discovery Sheet” on the inside front cover. PARENT TIP: For books you get from other places, you can help build reading skills by making up questions or activities like these and talk about EVERY BOOK when your child finishes reading it. It has room for your child …

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Books and Social-Emotional Learning

Books have encouraged, taught, and provided new experiences to children for many years. Books play a significant role in a child\’s learning environment. As they develop, they are introduced to many genres that encourage learning, resolving conflict, embracing imagination, and discovering new ideas. Parents may not realize that many of the books their children read …

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The Technology Boom – Is Reading the Victim?

Exciting innovations in technology have wildly evolved over the last decade. You can hold the universe in the palm of your hand, view high-definition videos with lightning speed, and connect with people all over the world with a simple tap on a screen. Pretty cool, right? But what do these technological innovations mean for old-fashioned …

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The Power of the 15-minute Bedtime Story

Bedtime routines are especially important for children. Regular schedules and rituals give our children the predictability they crave. When kids know what to expect, especially when it includes a bonding routine like reading, it can help eliminate nighttime distractions. Most doctors and sleep specialists will tell you to incorporate soothing, relaxing activities at bedtime. Some …

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