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August 18, 2016
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The Long-Term Effects of Skipping Reading

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This is a period of dichotomy as we engage in those last long days at the beach, nights around a campfire, swimming at Simpkins, hiking in the redwoods, precious summer classes with new friends at the same time school is looming with shopping for school supplies, new clothes, perhaps a new backpack and easing back into a school routine schedule.  How we love the relaxed activities of summer, and if we're fortunate, also look forward to the structure of school with a new start, new friends, new teacher and a chance to do well.

Today's article with reading stats is fascinating and pithy!  Please take the time to click on the links too. The research is inspiring!

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  The Long-Term Effects of Skipping Reading

By Pamela DeLoatch

When elementary school students have math worksheets to fill out, spelling tests to study for, after school activities to participate in, and chores to finish, it's no wonder that the standard daily reading homework assignment can fall to the wayside.  It may seem like a small concession necessary to prioritize a busy life. After all, parents may reason, their child can catch up on reading over the weekend, over the summer, or during a less hectic time. But the effects of regularly skipping that reading homework can have long-term effect on a child's life.

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Reading Really is Fundamental  No one is going to debate the importance of being able to read in order to learn and navigate through life. But reading provides many surprising and important additional benefits

(A Aug) ReadingBoyCat.jpgReading makes kids better at math. A British study found that students who frequently read for pleasure not only had better vocabulary and spelling-which is to be expected-but that those students were also more proficient at math. The theory is that reading exposes students to new ideas, which may make new math concepts easier to comprehend.

Reading fiction helps children be more empathetic. The University of Buffalo found that students who read novels could put themselves into other people's situations more easily, and had increased compassion.

Reading can boost self-esteem and communication skills.  One education provider says that since students who read usually have an enhanced vocabulary, they can often find the words to express themselves and do not feel as frustrated and angry.

Reading changes the structure of the brain. In a six-month daily reading program, scientists found that the amount of white matter in the area of the brain associated with language actually increased. Another study found that reading helps the brain exercise cognitive function.

What Happens When Kids Skip Reading

This infographic, an oldie but goodie from Perry and Lecompton School District, quantifies the long-term difference between regular, periodic and infrequent reading. This is a great graphic to share with parents to help them get on board with your daily reading assignment.  It's worth sharing with students, too. The graphic format really emphasizes how important reading is.

Ways to Make Reading an Enjoyable Habit for Students

With all of the lifetime upsides that come from reading, how can teachers and parents help kids develop a habit of daily reading?

(A Aug) BookMiniHabits.jpgStart with a mini habit. In his book "Mini Habits," Stephen Guise suggested starting a new habit with a small change that can easily be accomplished. His example? Doing one pushup as the start of an exercise program. Once you've finished one pushup, you're likely to do at least one more. Then the next day, knowing how easily you accomplished the task before, you're more likely to do it again. With reading, perhaps set a limit at two or three minutes, then gradually adding a minute at a time. Longer periods of reading are obviously preferred, but reading consistently, over a period of time, is an effective way to create that habit.

Add variety to reading.  For reluctant readers, or even those who need a change, use different forms of reading sources, not just books. Magazines, newspapers, graphic novels, recipes, audio books and online reading can add a new dimension of skill and enjoyment.

(A Aug) Reading_Woman_Renoir.jpgModel reading. Share your love of reading with your class. Tell them about some of your favorite books when you were young and let them see what books you are currently reading. Keep in mind the benefits reading offers adults, such as providing stress relief, decreasing the likelihood of developing Alzheimer's, and boosting analytical thinking.

Make reading assignments positive. Avoid making kids read as punishment. To foster a love of reading, let students see that reading isn't a chore, a competition, or a test.

Read aloud to the class. No matter what the age of your students, give them the chance to form pictures in their heads as you read to them.

Have students read to others. Have students read to a parent, a younger sibling, a pet or a stuffed animal. Ask students to report back on how the listener reacted to the story (yes, even the inanimate ones).

Build reading time into your classroom every day. Help students develop the habit by consistently setting aside a few minutes a day for your class to relax with a book.  Once they realize you think reading is important, they're more likely to think it's important too.

What This Means for Teachers  Regular reading provides significant life-long benefits. Help your students reap these advantages by encouraging their love of words. Life can get hectic, even for our youngest students, but helping them form a daily reading habit really can make a huge difference.

 

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  Christine: Human Arrival in Americas - New Data

(A Aug) Christine_RoutesofFirstAmericans.jpgHuman Arrival in Americas - New Data

If you want an action-filled discussion - bring up the subject of human arrival in the Americas. Anthropologists will bring out knives, swords and poison during the discussion. It can also be entertaining reading. Read more >>>

Christine Cockey is a local mom and scientist who researches what's happening in the world of science and makes science easier to understand.  Keep up with her latest articles at http://mistralmtn.blogspot.com/

 

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