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Strong Girls – Female Protagonists

“Strong Girls” is a continuation from a post I wrote last year about Gender Stereotypes: “Like a Girl”. If you haven’t already read it, or if you need a refresher, you can click the link to read it. Coincidentally, just as I have been thinking about this topic and how we should teach our boysContinue reading “Strong Girls – Female Protagonists”

Raising Lifelong Readers

There’s no doubt about it that kids who read are better off in so many ways. Reading: makes them smarter teaches them empathy helps them learn about their world around them exercises their brains improves their concentration enhances their vocabulary and language skills develops their imagination and stimulates their curiosity helps them do well inContinue reading “Raising Lifelong Readers”

The Accelerated Reader Programme

It’s been a while since I read that article in Education by Numbers that stated: mindlessly reading book after book does not benefit children very much it is comprehension that is the key to learning gains In fact, a voracious reader who understands less than 65% of the content in the books he reads is no betterContinue reading “The Accelerated Reader Programme”

Reading Questions – What to Ask Your Children When You Read Together

We know it’s important to generate rich discussions during reading time with the children. It helps them to gain a deeper understanding of the book and to develop their critical thinking skills. If you’re anything like me, you probably struggle to think up questions to ask. The following questions were on an handy cheat-sheet thatContinue reading “Reading Questions – What to Ask Your Children When You Read Together”

Reciprocal Reading – How to Support Your Child with Reading

Reading with children is important and this is something parents are encouraged to do quite often to support the children at school. In the early years, it’s just about learning to read and understanding the reading code. As the children advance into upper primary, they start moving into something called Reciprocal Reading. What is ReciprocalContinue reading “Reciprocal Reading – How to Support Your Child with Reading”

Talk for Writing – How to Support Your Child with Reading and Writing

The Word Gap The Word Gap refers to the startling findings from the groundbreaking study by University of Kansas researchers Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley, titled “The Early Catastrophe: The 30 Million Word Gap by Age 3“. By 3 years of age, there is a 30 million word gap between children from the wealthiest and poorest families.Continue reading “Talk for Writing – How to Support Your Child with Reading and Writing”

How to Instill a Love for Reading in Your Child

On Tuesday, I was invited to speak at the Popular Bookfest 2017 at the KLCC Convention Center with Michelled Lim-Chua, author of The Mindful Mom, on the topic: How to Instill a Love for Reading in Your Child These are some of the highlights from our discussion. Why Reading? “A nation that does not read muchContinue reading “How to Instill a Love for Reading in Your Child”