Language, Literacy, and Storytelling – Part 2

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This is part 2 in this excellent series on reading and children–by the wonderful teacher, Jennie.

A Teacher's Reflections

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.

Part 2
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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