“Everyone says reading is most important, and if a child can read by third grade, the chance of dropping out of school is so much lower. But it was math that stood out as serving the kids best in promoting later achievement. Reading was next most important, and then attention skills were third most important.”—Balancing Math Skills and Play in Kindergarten, Greg Duncan analyzed 20,000 kindergartners and released research in a new book. (via gjmueller)
Stories play an important part in a child’s language and literacy development. The ability to retell stories ties in closely with the ability to write well later on. It also relates to a child’s reading and comprehension skills. Fluent reading relies on predicting skills so the more familiar a…
It’s that time of the year when school reports are being sent and parent teacher interviews are happening. Parents, teachers and kids are thinking about the next school year. If your child is not doing as well as you would like they may have a language based learning problem.
“The newer and broader picture suggests that the child emerges into literacy by actively speaking, reading, and writing in the context of real life, not through filling out phonics worksheets or memorising words.”—Thomas Armstrong (via brightkidsnyc)