Reading books allows for a specific experience not accessible through other mediums. This is not to say that reading is necessarily better than watching movies or television – I love a good film as much as the next person. However, at the adult level, most books are not the sort that you finish in one sitting. The reader takes small doses of the book over a long period of time. The only other medium that I can think of that has anything close to this feeling is a television series.
A lexile score measures either a person’s reading ability or the difficulty of a text. The higher the number, the more advanced a reader or text is. It’s important to know what your child’s reading level is and to help them find books that are both within their lexile range and slightly above it so they can be challenged to improve. For more information, visit lexile.com, or check out this great fact sheet.
I am not known for being a big fan of any particular TV show. It's rare when I get "hooked" on a specific series. However, all that said, I am blogging about a children's show on PBS. This show is called Super Why, and it is an animated series that help young children learn the alphabet, spelling, rhyming, and other prereading skills.
Early Literacy: What Kids Know About Reading and Writing Before They Know What Reading and Writing Is!
There are many definitions and theories about early literacy. My personal favorite is the one that says, early literacy is what kids know about reading and writing before they even know about reading and writing. I am sure you are asking yourself how anyone can know anything about anything before they even know what it is.
Reading comes easily now. It is second nature, and as adults, we pick and choose what we read throughout the day–the newspaper, the return address of some mail, signs, books, and products well-placed in a scene of your favorite movie. The process of seeing words, comprehending their meaning not only in the groups of letters we call words but the order of those words forming sentences, and gaining a whole understanding of whatever material it is that we’re reading doesn’t pose much of a challenge nowadays.
Come on, admit it! Every once in a while, when you see the kids doing the Summer Reading Program, you get nostalgic and just a little bit envious. Reading lists, personal challenges, watching your word count grow, and at the end, there's a prize on top of everything? What could be more fun?
Alright, nostalgic adult, do we have excellent news for you!
Have you ever gotten strange looks as you flip through a book? Has anyone ever asked you “are you really reading that or just skimming pages?” Have you ever been accused of owning your own library? If so, you may be a speed reader or simply have a book “problem.” Don’t worry, this isn't a bad diagnoses. But it does mean that you may find yourself with nothing to read and way to many books in your room.
This year, Mid-Continent Public Library started a brand new event: The Winter Reading Challenge. The idea was to promote leisure reading among adults, and those who committed to reading five titles over a two-month period received a limited edition "Somewhere in Time" mug along with a chance to win the grand prize, a Kindle Fire.
Summer Loss occurs when children do not have access to books or reading over the school summer break. Kids who don't read over the summer can actually lose 2 or more months of acquired reading skills. I encourage parents to look at summer as an opportunity to keep kids moving forward in their reading ability.