Words, words, words

I was browsing through a recent Parents¬†magazine when this title caught my eye: ¬†“”134 tips for a happy, safe, stress-free school year.”

In the midst of all the advice for handling the first-day drop-off and packing the best lunch was this one: kids learn best from mixing instruction in with everyday activities — not from flash cards and drills.

That’s certainly true for learning new words. The Center for Public Education’s handout on vocabulary notes that most vocabulary is learned indirectly — such as through conversations with parents.

The Center may not have 134 tips, but it certainly does have lots more helpful, easy-to-understand handouts on reading. Our guides From beginning to stellar: Five tips on developing skillful readers and Still learning: reading beyond grade three are research-based, classroom-oriented summaries of what really works in developing eager readers. Check them out. –Rebecca St. Andrie

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