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Reading Success Secrets That Make a Difference!

Raising readers is a joy forever! Our mission is sure, no matter how we get there. There’s not a pony in every yard anymore. Imagine how many kids learned to read with Dick and Jane readers, life was different in those stories, couple sight words and colorful pictures on a page, and there you go. […]

Where Is Differentiation? Schools Are Still Forcing Square Pegs Into Round Holes

When I was still Director of Cherry Preschool, a parent whose child was a total delight in preschool shared a very sad story with me. When her child started kindergarten in public school, he was tested and found to be lacking the skills that would make him a reader by the end of kindergarten, a […]

World Literacy Day 2018: Now What?

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THIS. I read that 775 million adults lack minimum literacy skills. One in five adults, two thirds of them, women. Not so bad, or staggering, depending on our perspective. Sobering, 60.7 million children are out of school and more drop out. Is this acceptable?As a nation of readers, we believe that the joy of reading […]

Book Speed Dating

As a proponent of choice reading, I am always looking for ways to get books into the hands of my students and have them build their reading list, and what better way to celebrate Valentine’s week than having your students speed date books? Inspired by the speed dating scene in New York where single people […]

Reading Is Fundamental and Is Lost in the Translation

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Reading is fundamental, that’s true, but somehow this idea gets lost in the translation. Re-stated, it means, in today’s education system, that reading is fundamental when we make Johnny read and read and read until the words come out of his eyes and ears. At that point, it becomes a habit, so deeply ingrained in […]

Why I Teach Books with Cursing and Sex

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The Things They Carried Brave New World Of Mice and Men Walk in Room 128 on any given day, and my students could be reading these books. Add The Catcher in the Rye to the list if it makes it through our approval process. These books are all on the top 100 most frequently banned […]

Cultivate a Love of Reading in Children

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In the early childhood world there has been a lot of talk and concern expressed about the “pushdown” of academics into kindergarten and even preschool. And the Common Core kindergarten reading requirements have sparked outrage – particularly the standard stating that every child should be able to read by the end of kindergarten. Standards such […]

Dick and Jane Go To Kindergarten. Yikes!

What should Kindergartners be expected to know? Ginn’s Dick and Jane Big Book, 1948 What should kindergarteners know about reading? Dick and Janetaught a lot of kids how to read, even though not every yard had a pony. We’ve come a long way with rich literature and real life writing. But there is a chasm […]

Why Reading Incentive Programs Have Gotta Go

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The subject of rewards is certainly a hot-button in education. Many teachers love them, with most convinced that they’re essential to motivating students. And nowhere is this more evident than where reading is concerned. Reading incentive programs are all the rage, with schools rewarding kids with everything from stickers to pizza. It doesn’t seem to […]

Fun+Free+Nonfiction…What’s Not to Love?

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During a field trip several years ago, I watched my students pile off the bus at a rest area. Instead of heading to the snack machines as I expected, however, they stood around a brochure display stand,trading travel pamphlets and discussing tourist attractions with enthusiasm. Intrigued, I began to gather brochures for my classroom. In […]

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