Literacy is a critical skill, one that all children need to master in order to advance in their education. So it is perhaps unsurprising that so much of the emphasis in primary education is on helping students acquire the tools they need in order to engage in life long literacy development. One of the most […]
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Knowing how to read, and knowing how to understand what you have read, are vital skills. According to a recent study, a shocking twenty-three percent of students who had a below basic reading level in third grade did not graduate high school by age 19. Students who were in the top tercile, on the other […]
One of the perennial challenges every educator faces is getting children engaged in learning. When kids are interested in a subject they learn quickly and voraciously, devouring books, educational films, and webpages related to their interests and sharing the information with anyone who will listen.
While most parents would consider literacy to be one of the most essential aspects of a primary school education, however, evidence shows that in Canada, literacy is declining.
Proficiency in literacy is more important for the well-being of Canadians now than ever before. Some statistics cite over 50% of the population over 16 years of age lack the reading skills necessary for living and working in a modern society . So how can we go about improving this? The strategies below offer a […]
They say practice makes perfect, but the truth is that sometimes student do not have the tools to engage in the practice that will help them attain their goals. Literacy development is not something that we are born with. It takes time, strategies, and practice. Often those strategies are not knowingly being taught, but make […]
Summer reading loss is a topic that has been widely studied, with results showing that roughly 45% of students’ decoding skills decrease over the summer, and 25% of students’ fluency decreases over the summer months. The cause of this decline is often that students are just not spending enough time reading and being exposed to […]
There are many articles and suggestions on how to engage young children in reading. But now that your child is older, how do you engage them NOW? This goes well beyond phonetic or whole language practice. This will help children enjoy, and further understand, WHAT they’re reading. Take turns reading a book with your child. […]
Confidence in reading can often be a challenge for both students and families to overcome. Once a child is unsure of their abilities in reading, it becomes increasingly challenging to regain their confidence. In the book Raising Confident Readers, Dr. J. Richard Gentry provides a breakdown of phases in literacy development, along with tips that […]
Getting kids hooked on reading at all ages is essential for academic success. Students need sound reading skills for all areas of the curriculum. Developing a print enriched environment in your own home to encourage a love of reading will reap wonderful rewards in the years ahead for your child. Organize materials: Set up a […]