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10 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids

10 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids | Reading and literacy | Scoop.it
What’s the most important trait you’d like to develop in your child? If you’re like most parents, intelligence is probably at the top of your list. We all want bright, smart children, which is why we spend so much time choosing the right schools and making sure teachers are exceeding expectations. But remember: as a parent, you have the power to boost your children's learning potential simply by making books an integral part of their lives.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids

10 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids | Reading and literacy | Scoop.it
What’s the most important trait you’d like to develop in your child? If you’re like most parents, intelligence is probably at the top of your list. We all want bright, smart children, which is why we spend so much time choosing the right schools and making sure teachers are exceeding expectations. But remember: as a parent, you have the power to boost your children's learning potential simply by making books an integral part of their lives.

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Awesome Visual on The Importance of Reading Aloud to Kids ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Awesome Visual on The Importance of Reading Aloud to Kids ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Reading and literacy | Scoop.it

"Below is a graphic I come across while wading through my feeds today. The visual emphasizes the importance of read-alouds  in early literacy learning. It also features a set of interesting facts on how reading aloud helps in kids' literacy development. Reading aloud to kids is not only beneficial to young learners linguistic abilities but is also connected to their social and cognitive development. And the most important of them all is that only 15 minutes of read-aloud is enough to make a difference"


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This  graphic has a place in every library and classroom, but also in every home (just so we don't lose sight of the huge importance of reading aloud).

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Mark Gillingham's curator insight, December 10, 2013 5:03 PM

In fact, reading aloud is useful at all levels and ages. Prereaders learn the basic forms of books and reading from them, struggling readers get the gist of a text, readers learn fluency and use limited cognitive resources for comprehension and analysis. 

Lourense Das's curator insight, December 14, 2013 7:10 AM

Great Infographic on the importance to read aloud to children

johanna krijnsen's curator insight, December 14, 2013 11:25 AM

it may also be more than 15 minutes ...

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Five iPad Apps That Help Students Start Creative Stories

Five iPad Apps That Help Students Start Creative Stories | Reading and literacy | Scoop.it
In the year that I taught language arts before moving into the social studies department one of the challenges that my students faced in writing short stories was coming up with ideas to get starte...

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If you're a teacher who is always looking for useful apps, here's a few you may not have come across yet?

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Agora Abierta's curator insight, January 9, 6:14 AM

To motivate writing

Lori Wilk's curator insight, January 10, 10:56 AM

Apps to help with idea generation and to start the creative writing process  are excellent tools.

Ali Anani's curator insight, January 13, 12:09 AM

Ideas for stories- quite interesting applications

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Promoting Multiple Literacies (Principles of New Librarianship)

Promoting Multiple Literacies (Principles of New Librarianship) | Reading and literacy | Scoop.it
In my last post, I outlined 5 principles that I believe new librarianship encompasses. Today, I'm going to delve into the first principle a little further: promoting multiple literacies. Which lite...
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How little libraries get people reading - IOL Lifestyle | IOL.co.za

How little libraries get people reading - IOL Lifestyle | IOL.co.za | Reading and literacy | Scoop.it

This is such a cool idea!!!!

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Read Aloud - Importance of Reading Aloud

Read Aloud - Importance of Reading Aloud | Reading and literacy | Scoop.it

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We know this, but it bears repeating, and repeating and repeating!!!!

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Sirenetta Leoni's curator insight, November 23, 2013 6:40 PM

All voice actors should be reading aloud for 15 minutes daily for practice anyway, so if you're not doing this already with your kids, you really need to make the time to do it. It also happens to be a great way to test out and practice dialects and characters; your kids are usually more forgiving than the reviewers on Audible and Amazon.


If your grandchildren, nieces or nephews live far away, there's no reason why you can't Skype-read to them...or spend 15 minutes daily recording a book that you can send them when it's completed.


And if you don't have kids in your life, your local library or school would probably love to have a professional voice actor come in and read to students. Here are tips from the SAG Foundations BookPals for reading aloud: http://bookpals.net/ten-tips-for-reading-aloud/


...and they all lived happily ever after! 

ozziegontang's curator insight, November 25, 2013 10:28 PM

The proof is in the reading.  And making it a daily practice.

Lee Hall's curator insight, November 26, 2013 2:42 PM

This is so important. It isn't just important for mothers to read aloud. It is very important that fathers take a turn too.

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Cool Tools for Featuring Student Book Reviews

Cool Tools for Featuring Student Book Reviews | Reading and literacy | Scoop.it
There's nothing like a book recommendation from a friend. Encourage students to share their opinions by creating a student-driven book review site. Richard Byrne shows you how in the accompanying screencasts.

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John A. MacDonald's curator insight, February 8, 9:24 AM

Love the idea of creating QR codes inserting them into the dust jackets of the books!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, February 8, 3:52 PM

This looks like an interesting site. I'm going to investigate the possibilities for safe use in a primary classroom.

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The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action

The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action | Reading and literacy | Scoop.it

As part of the year-long National Forum on Libraries and Teens effort, YALSA has released a report, "The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to  Action" providing direction on how libraries need to adapt and change to meet the needs of 21st century teens.


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Are you a Teens and Young People's librarian? Have  a look at this call to arms....

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, January 9, 2:50 PM

This report outlines the issues and the paradigm shift needed for libraries to adequately meet the needs of teens. 

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How to teach… reading for pleasure

How to teach… reading for pleasure | Reading and literacy | Scoop.it
The link between reading for fun and educational success is well established, but how can teachers get reluctant readers into books? These teaching resources will help
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Great tips and links for both teachers and parents.  Who could you share this information with?

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5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students | Reading and literacy | Scoop.it
  via Edutopia My first year teaching a literacy coach came to observe my classroom. After the students left, she commented on how I asked the whole class a question, would wait just a few sec...
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Such simple questions, but all engaging higher thinking?

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How to Create a “Culture of Reading” | AASL 2013

How to Create a “Culture of Reading” | AASL 2013 | Reading and literacy | Scoop.it
How do you get tweens and teens to be interested (and stay interested) in reading?
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