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Reading Aloud to Children of Any Age

Posted by Ro Batson on Aug 26, 2016 8:29:19 AM

 

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Topics: Reading, reading aloud

The Summer Reading Debate

Posted by Kami Mulzet on Jul 13, 2016 9:26:53 AM

Do you believe that summer reading helps or harms a child’s desire to read?

This is a debate going on at schools across the nation, and both sides make some strong points. Even though my school does assign reading, we discuss its purpose each year as the school year draws to a close.

There are many factors to consider, including how to choose a book that the majority of students will enjoy, whether to direct the students to a list of books or assign one for the entire group, whether to include a writing element, and finally, whether to assign reading over the summer at all.
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Topics: Reading, Summer reading, reading aloud

Developing Curiosity Through Reading

Posted by Kami Mulzet on May 17, 2016 3:31:53 PM

Curiosity vs. Intelligence
Research has shown that a person’s Curiosity Quotient (CQ) is as important as their Intelligence Quotient (IQ). Most classroom teachers would agree that qualities like curiosity and work ethic tend to outweigh intelligence in student performance. But how can parents help their children to develop curiosity? It turns out there are several ways. One is through play. By allowing children the space and time to interact with one another, they will develop both curiosity and imagination. Another is through reading. Books can take students on a journey to foreign places, throw them into the middle of a mystery, or surround them with a dystopian world. Books can help students discover people who are like them, or who are very, very different. Reading can lead to a deeper interest in the world as it is, and help students imagine how it could be.

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Topics: Reading, curiosity, learning, reading aloud