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Your Baby Can’t Read

Your Baby Can’t Read

I originally posted this on my personal blog, Mama Saga, but now that I am keeping an education blog, I feel it belongs here, too.  I feel very strongly about avoiding too much screen time, not pushing academic skills on infants and toddlers, and not wasting money on expensive systems. Your Baby Can’t Read Okay, perhaps YOUR baby can. It is possible. Stranger things have happened. But most likely your baby cannot read. Anyone telling you that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Literacy, Media

Are Picture Books Out of the Picture?

Are Picture Books Out of the Picture?

With great sadness, I read The New York Times’ (hopefully premature) obituary for the picture book: The picture book, a mainstay of children’s literature with its lavish illustrations, cheerful colors and large print wrapped in a glossy jacket, has been fading. It is not going away — perennials like the Sendaks and Seusses still sell well — but publishers have scaled back the number of titles they have released in the last several years, and booksellers … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), Academic Achievement, Literacy, Sight

Give Kids a Jumpstart

Literacy is an essential part of what it means to be human in our modern civilization.  Not only does reading allow children to learn through text, literacy also promotes a more free and open society. In our increasingly interconnected world, literacy is our passport to liberty–making information available to anyone who can read. The very act of reading develops a more nimble and flexible mind. And reading can also contribute to a better world by serving as a bridge between cultures. For these reasons and more, I was thrilled to make a video in support of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record.  You can find a more concise version of the video on Walmart’s corporate sponsor page or see the entire video below: … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), Literacy