This is part 2 in this excellent series on reading and children–by the wonderful teacher, Jennie.
In Part 1, I talked about growing readers, reading aloud, and chapter reading. I talked about how language, and the number of words a child hears is critical to academic success in school. And I took language to the next step, expanding on a picture book and writing what children saw and thought.
I begin with that last word, ‘thought’. How do I help children climb the ladder and take them to the next level? Let’s start with some facts:
- Every child wants to read when they begin school. Enthusiasm is 100%.
- By fourth grade only 54% read something for pleasure every day.
- By eighth grade only 30% read for pleasure.
- By twelfth grade that number has dropped to 19%.
The key word is pleasure. Reading aloud = academic success + pleasure.
The U.S. Department of Education’s report in 1985 on Becoming a Nation of Readers…
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