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The Art of Reading Aloud. In countless studies to discover the critical elements that lead to successful reading, countless successful readers have replied that they were surrounded by books in the home and the bedtime read-aloud was a nightly ritual.

The Art of Reading Aloud

It has been suggested that a child needs to hear 1000 stories before learning to read and this can be easily accomplished in one year if parents adhered to Mem Fox’s formula of at least three stories a day- one favourite, one familiar and one first-read- starting from the day the baby is born. Children, even those moving towards their teenage years, love to listen to stories, especially those told well with plenty of expression and emphasis.

It is during these times that they not only learn the language of books, but the sounds of the language they speak. They learn to moderate and modulate their own voices, use words that they would not normally hear, and discover how one set of words can have a number of interpretations depending on the emphasis. A special space. How to Make Reading Fun. Getty Images Since Anita Lavine's daughter, Faye, had been an early and avid reader, the Seattle mom figured her 5-year-old son, Owen, would follow suit.

How to Make Reading Fun

The early part happened, but not the avid. "He wasn't interested in the books that were at his reading level," says Lavine. So she brainstormed creative ways to help him practice his new skills, like reading the back of his favorite cereal box, learning the names of familiar birds in a Pacific Northwest nature guide, and flipping through family cookbooks for cool recipes. "Kindergarten and first grade lay the foundation for how kids feel about books throughout their education," says Annemarie B. Sound Off Early readers are still absorbing the notion that letters are symbols that stand for sounds. Follow the Plot. Words for Life - Home. Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling made easy. Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling made easy What is the English grammar, punctuation and spelling test at the end of Year 6?

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling made easy

Watch the video Grammar: the basics Watch the video How can I help my child with grammar, punctuation and spelling? Watch the video About Charlotte Raby Charlotte Raby has been a teacher for over 16 years. Books and Articles by Stephen D Krashen. The Power of Reading - Stephen Krashen. Journals - ALEA - Australian Literacy Educators' Association. ReadAloud_info-2. Kids and Family Reading Report. Full Report Infographics Past Reports 2010 Kids & Family Reading Report (PDF) 2012 Kids & Family Reading Report (PDF)

Kids and Family Reading Report

Study Finds Reading to Children of All Ages Grooms Them to Read More on Their Own. Photo.

Study Finds Reading to Children of All Ages Grooms Them to Read More on Their Own

If we stop telling kids what to read, they might start reading again. A rain shower sends Maynard Elementary School kindergarten student Maya Roby to shelter during a literacy program in Knoxville, Tenn.

If we stop telling kids what to read, they might start reading again

(AP/The Knoxville News Sentinel, Paul Efird) As a treat for Hanukkah last month, Sandra Stotsky took her grandchildren to the New England Mobile Book Fair in Newton, Mass. They were wandering around aimlessly. The store in a suburb of Boston has 32,000 sq. ft, of books, but the kids had no favorite authors, nothing they'd been longing to read. Stotsky, a self-described "professional Jewish grandmother," had plenty of suggestions. The book, Stotksy said, was too easy, and in any case, she didn't think it conveyed the values that she wanted her grandkids to grow up on. Theconversation. Reading instruction in the classroom is a key concern for all teachers and there are many ways to go about it.


However, is our determination to achieve excellence in reading skills in our children killing their love and enjoyment of a good book? In my work with parents, I am frequently asked the best ways to encourage and motivate reluctant readers to be engaged with books. Parents report that their children return home from school with no inclination to pick up a book and read. Any avid reader will gladly talk about the joy of curling up with a good book to read away the hours on a cold, rainy afternoon.

Reading a good book is one of life’s greatest pleasures. How widespread is this concern about the destruction of reading enjoyment? As I have written previously, the use of boring, mass-produced home reading texts in children’s early years at school can be seen as the beginning of this negative cycle. Ditch the home readers – real books are better for your child. As school resumes for the new year, the “home reader” routine for primary school children also recommences.

Ditch the home readers – real books are better for your child

For many parents and children, reading these short texts can be the most agonising part of the nightly homework routine. Theconversation. Engaging boys in reading can be tough.


Many parents find that their boys either aren’t interested in sitting still long enough, or they often perceive reading as a “girl thing”. The consequences of boys not reading as frequently or as copiously as girls can be dire. National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) data shows that girls have consistently outperformed boys in reading across the last six years of assessments. How Children Learn To Read. Why is it easy for some people to learn to read, and difficult for others?

How Children Learn To Read

It’s a tough question with a long history. We know that it’s not just about raw intelligence, nor is it wholly about repetition and dogged persistence.