Tag Archives: reading

When is the right time to teach a child to read?

When is the right time to teach a child to read?

The very serious crisis that we are suffering due to COVID-19 has caused a radical change in the teaching model, forcing us to work electronically. Logically, we still lack sufficient information, but this confinement will have its consequences at different educational levels. Undoubtedly, this stress may be exacerbated by the extra pressure that many families will […] … learn more→

Why it is more lazy to read poetry than narrative in school

Why it is more lazy to read poetry than narrative in school

The main literary genres (lyrical, narrative and theater) have survived in our modern history and it seems that their future does not present doubts as to their permanence in cultural uses and in the processes that concern the formation of people. However, it is inevitable to consider what is the use made of each of them […] … learn more→

Girls consistently outperform boys in reading skills – but could this be changing?

Girls consistently outperform boys in reading skills – but could this be changing?

Girls consistently outperform boys on reading tests – and have done so for several decades around the world. Lack of motivation, a weak vocabulary, poor reading engagement and lack of role models have all been considered possible reasons for this disparity. But results from recent global student assessments, known as PISA, suggests the global reading gap is closing. […] … learn more→

If you can read this headline, you can read a novel. Here’s how to ignore your phone and just do it

If you can read this headline, you can read a novel. Here’s how to ignore your phone and just do it

Public anxiety about the capacity of digital-age children and young adults to read anything longer than a screen grab has come to feel like moral panic. But there is plenty of evidence to suggest we must take such unease seriously. In 2016, the US National Endowment for the Arts reported the proportion of American adults who read […] … learn more→

The pleasure of reading, on the French bac program?

The pleasure of reading, on the French bac program?

From the choice of books in original formats to the sharing of stories or playful workshops around writing, parents and educators compete to help the young generations to forge strong links with books. Promoting reading as a pleasure is the leitmotif that drives libraries, book fairs and Ministry of Culture campaigns . How does the school support this relationship to the […] … learn more→

5 reasons I always get children picture books for Christmas

5 reasons I always get children picture books for Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner. If you’re wondering what to get your child, your friends’ children, your nieces, nephews or basically any very young person in your life –  I highly recommend picture books. Many people can remember a favourite book when they were a kid. Some of my favourites were the Berenstain Bears […] … learn more→

Reading is more than sounding out words and decoding.

Reading is more than sounding out words and decoding.

When I was younger I decided to learn Greek. I learnt the letter-sound correspondences and could say the words – the sounds, that is. But although I could and still can decode these words, I can’t actually read Greek because I don’t know what the words mean. Being able to make the connection between the […] … learn more→

The power of the written word in early education

The power of the written word in early education

Brain scans have revealed that reading aloud to young children on a regular basis contributes greatly to growth in the areas of the brain that provide mental pictures and reading comprehension. Although they cannot yet read, children under the age of five are building important skills they will need for their whole lives, and hearing […] … learn more→

Beware the couch! Reflections on academic reading

Beware the couch! Reflections on academic reading

Over the years, I’ve learned a few things about reading journal articles. One of the most important things that I’ve discovered is that spending time thinking about how and why I read, and practicing ways to become a better reader, is time well spent. After all, the ability to critically read journal articles—and lots of […] … learn more→