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Reading to children has 'long impact' according to OECD's PISA study

Reading to children has 'long impact' according to OECD's PISA study | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Children whose parents frequently read with them in their first year of school are still showing the benefit when they are 15. This PISA study examined the long-term impact of parental support on literacy and found, discounting social differences,  children with early support remained ahead in reading, with resuolts showing a strong link between teenage reading skills and early parental help. Analysis of PISA data "based on teenagers in 14 developed countries, found that active parental involvement at the beginning of school was a significant trigger for developing children's reading skills that would carry through until they were teenagers. On average, teenagers whose parents had helped with reading at the beginning of school were six months ahead in reading levels at the age of 15."

The report stated "that parents did not have to be particularly well-educated themselves for this impact to be achieved. What was important was that parents read books regularly with their children - such as several times a week - and that they talked about what they were reading together."

A summary of the results of this study are published in the OECD PISA In Focus 10 newsletter at http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/4/1/49012097.pdf.

Teacher librarians in primary schools should be utilising results from studies such as these to connect with parents of those students entering Kindergarten in Term 1 of 2012. Such findings can be used to encourage a strong relationship between the TL and school library and Kindy kids (and their parents) at the very beginning of the school year. Consider writing a short column in your school's first newsletter of the year to parents about the importance of reading being reinforced at school and the home and promote the idea of the TL building a strong partnership with parents to support student acheivement.


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A light on the literary horizon - Sydney Morning Herald

A light on the literary horizon - Sydney Morning Herald | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Australian libraries and library associations are behind the Love2Read campaign, a plan to get everyone to appreciate the benefits and value of reading; to establish a reading culture in every home...


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School libraries: more than just books - Stuff.co.nz (blog)

School libraries: more than just booksStuff.co.nz (blog)Schools do an incredibly difficult job. Students have complex needs and varied backgrounds, teaching is an exhausting and often thankless job, and the regulations are convoluted.
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Why Picture Books Are Important by Christopher Cheng

Why Picture Books Are Important by Christopher Cheng | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Picture Books – they are the cycle of life and can last for the whole of a person’s life. From the moment a baby is hatched they start sensing their world.


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California Readers Announces the three 2012 California Collections ...

Karla Forbes, President of California Readers, explained, “These three collections of books should be the first purchase of books for school libraries in all of California's schools. They should be a high priority purchase for all ...
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iPad Best of the Best – 25 Essential Children’s Book Apps | The Digital Media Diet

iPad Best of the Best – 25 Essential Children’s Book Apps | The Digital Media Diet | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

"Now that the iPad has been around for over a year, the selection of quality book apps is large enough to justify creating a real library of titles, especially for children’s picture book apps. And any library needs a good foundation."


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