Becoming a proficient reader holds endless possibilities for a child. These opportunties include long-term academic achievement and educational opportunities, daily life and eventual workplace success — and the magic of being transported to the world of fantasy and mystery, limited only by the imagination. It’s a complex process that unfolds gradually in recognizable stages. Young learners must see […] … learn more→
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Young children’s words predict reading ability — 5 ways parents and caregivers can help grow them
10 ways to help the boys in your life read for enjoyment (not just for school)
Reading is a critical skill for school and life beyond it. Young people need strong reading skills to learn and demonstrate their learning. Reading skills are not just about performing well in subjects such as English. They are related to performance in subjects like science and maths. When it comes to reading, girls typically do better than boys. This […] … learn more→
What is that voice in your head when you read?
What is that voice in your head when you read? – Luiza, age 14, Goiânia, Brazil When you first begin reading, you read out loud. Reading aloud can make the text easier to understand when you’re a beginning reader or when you are reading something that’s challenging. Listening to yourself as you read helps with comprehension. […] … learn more→
Yes, young people are still reading. But differently!
Since the 1990s, there have been many questions about the reading practices of young people , deploring that they turn less to this hobby than previous generations. It is at the entrance to college that a dropout would occur: the declared number of books read drops from the age of 11. Yet the picture for children’s publishing is far from bleak: in 2020, […] … learn more→
Can reading help heal us and process our emotions – or is that just a story we tell ourselves?
The oldest known library, dating back to the second millennium BC, in Thebes, Egypt, reportedly bore a sign above its portals in Greek: Psyches Iatreion, translated as “healing place of the soul”. The idea that reading may confer healing benefits is not new, but continues to intrigue readers and researchers. Of course, this doesn’t apply to reading […] … learn more→
Melodramatic potboilers, worthy classics and DIY escapism: a brief history of the beach read
“Like most people I read a book or two on holiday,” says Stuart, a character in Julian Barnes’ 1991 novel Talking it Over. He does not have time for recreational reading; it must wait until he is at leisure. His best friend, the erudite but erratically employed Oliver, derides this attitude. To Oliver, a summer reader […] … learn more→
Reading stories to children, why it is important
When practiced on a regular basis, reading has a number of cognitive and emotional benefits . Therefore, identifying the factors that promote this activity is of significant interest, in particular to allow the youngest to benefit as early as possible, and in a lasting way, from these benefits. Among these factors, there is one that can have a […] … learn more→
Why do we like to see people read?
A few years ago the dating website eHarmony found that profiles that included reading in their list of hobbies were more attractive to the opposite sex. Specifically, the data revealed that men who mention reading as one of their personal interests receive 19% more messages, although, in the case of women, those who claimed to read received only […] … learn more→
Reading to improve language skills? Focus on fiction rather than non-fiction
We all know that reading is good for children and for adults, and that we should all be reading more often. One of the most obvious benefits of reading is that it helps improve language skills. A major review of research on leisure reading confirmed that reading does indeed foster better verbal abilities, from preschoolers all the […] … learn more→
Learning to read starts earlier than you think
Learning to read begins long before the day when the child tries, for the first time, to decode the words in a book. In the first weeks of life, and even before they are born, babies are already skillfully processing crucial information about the sounds that reach them. They adjust their reactions to the tones and structures of […] … learn more→