Reading is an important skill and predictor of academic success because all other subjects hinge on the ability to take in information through reading. Data shows that students who read twenty minutes each day have higher standardized test scores than those who read just five minutes per day! Reading is important and just because school is out shouldn't mean that reading stops. In a recent article iRead Reading Programs shares findings about the benefits of summer reading (Source: Dominican University IMLS-funded research: Public Library Summer Reading Programs Close the Reading Gap), The benefits of summer reading are clear. National research from Dominican University finds that students who participate in public library summer reading programs scored higher on reading achievement tests at [...]
cel·e·brate (verb) - - to observe (a day) or commemorate (an event) with ceremonies or festivities - to make known publicly; proclaim - to praise widely or to present to widespread and favorable public notice Note: Definition was taken from dictionary.com Remember that very first meeting with your students? Some were shy, others were excited, and many were nervous. Think about how they've grown. Do they pronounce words better? Are they reading more fluently? Has their comprehension improved? These are just a few of the ways your investment has impacted the lives of the students you've been reading with and it's time to celebrate! We have so much to celebrate and celebrating is important because it honors the efforts [...]
Every school, each Literacy Partner paired with two students, on a specific day, at a specific time is how the Education Connection story is being written...one book a time!I Author Kate DiCamillo shares with us how the power of words impacted her life as a young child. As you watch, be encouraged in knowing that your time, energy, and commitment could literacy change a student's life.
20 Ways to Encourage Reading reprinted with permission from Reading is Fundamental (RIF). This list was originally printed in the RIF Parent Guide Brochure. 1. Scout for things your children might like to read. Use their interests and hobbies as starting points. 2. Leave all sorts of reading materials including books, magazines, and colorful catalogs in conspicuous places around your home. 3. Notice what attracts your children’s attention, even if they only look at the pictures. Then build on that interest; read a short selection aloud, or simply bring home more information on the same subject. 4. Let your children see you reading for pleasure in your spare time. 5. Take your children to the library regularly. Explore the [...]
Reading is an integral part of learning. Students spend their first few years in school learning to read and the remainder of their academic careers they are reading in order to learn. Reading Rockets published a helpful article that outlines the top ten things you should know about reading... 1. Too many American children don't read well 2. An achievement gaps exists 3. Learning to read is complex 4. Teachers should teach with the end goal in mind 5. Kids who struggle usually have problems sounding out words 6. What happens before school matters a lot 7. Learning to read is closely tied to learning to talk and listen 8. Without help, struggling readers continue to struggle 9. With help, struggling readers [...]
The beginning of a new year is a fresh start, just like a new book, except this book comes with 365 blank pages. This time of year is a time of making resolutions and determining how we want to focus our efforts over the next twelve months. According to Dictionary.com, Resolution (n.) - a resolve; a decision or determination; the act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action, method, etc. Simply put, resolutions are decisions to act. Education Connection's Resolutions for 2019 include: Strong final push recruiting volunteers through early February Explore additional partnerships to best support the mission of Education Connection Secure Church partnerships for schools Turning resolutions into reality can be accomplished by focused efforts directed at specific goals. Focus [...]