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Read Out Loud Together!

A recent statistic has shown that many school children are struggling with basic literacy skills and many have a reading age far below where they ought to be. Poor teaching in schools, overexposure and subsequent addiction to video games and too much 24 hour multi-channel TV have all been blamed. B ...

How to make the most out of reading to baby

While working as a teacher, I had the opportunity to teach students who were in grades K-5. Now that I am a new mother, I often find myself wondering, "What is the best way to make reading with my baby interesting?" When my baby, Jimmy, was 2 months old, he would make ooing and ahh soun ... ...

10 Wonderfully Whimsical Winter Books!

 It’s winter time! If you live in the Midwest like me that means blustery winds, sub-zero temperatures, and hopefully lots of snow! Winter is my favorite time of year (after fall of course) so I like to celebrate it with reading lots of books that include all the special things about win ... ...

Singing for Literacy

  "Sing me a song. . .”Seriously. If a child is an early learner they want you to sing me a song as often as you can, because research proves it will help them to develop their literacy. There’s a reason that music and singing have been a part of education and schooling since ... ...

9 Fun Ideas for Letter Recognition

   Teaching young learners to recognize the letters of the alphabet can get a little monotonous. Pointing to them over and over on charts, or listening to a toy repeatedly call out, “A . . . A . . . A” gets a little old. Below I’ve listed some different ideas to help ear ... ...

Dialogic Reading

Most parents read to their children as often as they can. Children get more from this exercise when they are actively involved rather than just passively listening. With this in mind, researchers have developed a method of reading known as Dialogic Reading. Using this method, the adult encourages t ...

Here Comes the Bus for Early Literacy

A community outreach program designed to encourage reading in young children is being pushed forward in the West Allegheny school district, specifically the Findlay, North Fayette and Oakdale regions. The scheme involves a community mobile library, or Book Bus, driving around the area and encouragi ...

Fabulous Fall Books!

In the spirit of fall, I thought I would put together a list of some fun, fall-themed books for the classroom. They can be used for class read-aloud, for students to take home and share with their parents, or you can set-up a special fall-themed space in the classroom library. Introducing fall them ...

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This Library is All about Early Literacy

The world has changed. Going from everything that is needed to be done by hand, we have progressed onto using technology to handle most, if not all, of our day-to-day tasks.This means that we need to make sure that our children and the generations that come after us are well versed in these technol ...

Speakaboos Is Here for Early Literacy

To address issues regarding literacy, new programs are regularly being created and implemented by governments, education departments and teachers everywhere. To provide extra solutions, organizations and other companies create websites, develop apps and other things online that will also give aid a ...

Philly’s $30 Million Early Literacy Push

Teaching kids how to read at an early age is one way of troubleshooting literacy challenges or problems. That is why school districts throughout Pennsylvania have been allotting an large parts of their budgets to push their early literacy programs and endeavors.40 school districts sent almost 700 k ...

Testing a Child’s Reading Future

It’s the joy of every mom and dad to see their kids learn something new. However, the possibility of being able to learn how to read is somehow uncertain. But what if there is a test that can help determine a toddler’s reading future?Nina Kraus, a Neurobiology and Physiology Professor, ... ...

Great Magazines for Kids

How much do your kids love getting mail? If they're anything like my niece, they LOVE it. One of her "jobs" is bringing the mail in, and I always give her the junk mail as "her mail". She loves it even though she doesn't know what it says, and it's usually just a pos ... ...

Early Literacy Gets Family Driven

To have a strong base in literacy from the very start of one’s education is important for every student. Knowing how to read and speak the language in which most of the academic courses are taught is the most basic and vital step in anyone’s educational life.Emergent Literacy Begins at ... ...

Early Learning Space Needs to Be Replicated

Simply put, an early learning space is a place where kids can experience early literacy practices like talking, playing, singing, reading and writing. Do we really need these early learning spaces? Perhaps in today's world, it wouldn't hurt to have more of these.The development of a child i ... ...

Augmented Reality Early Literacy Program Excites

Some incredible educational software is set to be released next month that will use Augmented Reality technology to boost literacy levels in young learners. The new software, known as Letters Alive, could represent the beginning of a shift in educational methods, and many schools will welcome this ...

Reading is the Key to Early Literacy

In order to raise literacy levels in young children, it’s vital to act quickly and encourage them to read as early as possible. The ability for a child to communicate is vital to his or her social development; it will allow your child to interact with their family, make friends, ask questions ... ...

Here Comes the Bus for Early Literacy

A community outreach program designed to encourage reading in young children is being pushed forward in the West Allegheny school district, specifically the Findlay, North Fayette and Oakdale regions. The scheme involves a community mobile library, or Book Bus, driving around the area and encouragi ...