Here are ten research- and evidence-based do's and don’ts for family reading along with the “Top 10 Books for Raising a Reader” by Dr. Hilary Levey Friedman, esteemed Book Review editor of "Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers."
In a raging debate, leading researchers in reading education are speaking out in favor of keeping Common Core Kindergarten Literacy Standards. Their message? It’s perfectly fine for five year olds to play AND learn to read in school!
A renown cognitive psychologist is touting the importance of spelling for reading achievement. He says spelling, which continues to develop even into high school, is just as important for high school and college-ready reading fluency as sounding out words in kindergarten. He’s right!
It couldn’t have been better. America’s sharpest and brightest middle-school spellers wowed the world at the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee—arguably one of ESPN’s most thrilling sporting events of the year.
“Thank God it’s over.” That’s what my high school educator friend in Florida says. The fattening-the-pig-by-weighing-it, over-the-top testing, happened almost every day from March to mid-May and impacted every student in his school. Everyone’s overwrought with this mess, most likely including the guy who started it, Jeb Bush.
There is much wrong with American kindergartens—but Common Core State Standards are not to blame. If interpreted correctly, Common Core standards for literacy enable us to help enhance the kindergarten experience for all kindergarten children—from the underprepared to the most gifted and advanced.
What would Picasso have to say about Common Core State Standards now driving the curriculum—and leaving art behind—in over 40 states? As it turns out, both Picasso and psychological studies support a call for cross-disciplinary connections at all levels of education.
In light of recent events and a call by many to reassess and understand race relations in America, it occurs to me that how we think and act in race-related situations is affected by our understanding and personal history regarding race. Our past is part of our present. That being said, how much black history do you know? Take this short fourth-grade quiz to find out.
Every good parent wants their child in an academically challenging school program that meets their child’s individual needs. Whether you are the parent of a child with disabilities or not, begin the school year with five questions that will require the school team to know your child’s present levels of achievement. Don't wait for the end-of-year test!
62,000 pediatricians just adopted a new policy: Read aloud to infants from birth! But will reading aloud to your preschooler carry over to academic success in school? The answer is “yes,” especially if you use five research-based reading aloud strategies.
It’s well established that the best predictor of a student’s achievement in school is parent involvement. You want your child to be happy in school, do his or her homework, get higher scores on tests, make good grades, go to college, and graduate. How can you be involved without being a hovering helicopter parent?
Everybody is talking about high quality preschools but few folks know what high quality preschool looks like—especially for literacy development. The following checklist can be used to evaluate quality literacy engagement in any preschool classroom.
A school district in Texas with a predominant population of Mexican Americans sent me a Spanish translation of my “10 Rules for Reading Aloud and Kindergarten Readiness” post. The district is sharing it with all the preschool parents in their district. These rules give Spanish-only speaking parents tips for getting kids ready for kindergarten literacy success.
Research shows interactions such as reading and talking to your child can lead to a 30 million word advantage by age 3 if you start early—with huge advantages in language and vocabulary development by 18-months of age. Here’s how to get your preschooler ready for kindergarten now, and avoid early literacy catastrophe.
Little kids want to write. What can parents and preschool teachers do to capture this intrinsic motivation? Here are five fun, everyday writing activities you don’t want to miss along with educational and scientific research to back them up.
Should you teach your child to read, do math, and recount facts about the world before age 4? And if you do, what options do you have later for formal schooling? Do parents who foster early learners end up with regrets? Neuroscience is revealing special capacities for brain development before age 6 when neuroplasticity may be at its peak. Reflections from an expert:
What’s the best way to teach reading to beginners in preschool, kindergarten, first grade, or home school and how can we do it better? Both research and practice are offering a novel idea: teach kids to read by writing.
This year’s back to school night was a nightmare. “No spelling test!” was the tip of the iceberg. When administrators at ‘back to school night’ said “spelling is not important enough to be tested;” “kids can just use spellcheck; “we use ‘word study;’” and “we can’t meet the needs of a gifted child,” it was time to homeschool! What about the collaborative schooling option?
It’s easy for you to read the words to, too, and two or eye, I, you and ewe and get right to the meaning. But how do you explain the logic of English spelling to a beginning reader? Should we simply tell them “Spell it like it sounds”? The answer is "No!" Find out what to do.