Audiobooks as a Literacy Tool

No review today. Because of the business of Christmas, I'm just going to reprint an article I posted over on Emblazon a few weeks ago... “The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.” —Jim Trelease, author of The Read Alound Handbook The Benefits of … Continue reading Audiobooks as a Literacy Tool

The Educational Benefits of Audiobooks

“The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.” --Jim Trelease, author of The Read Alound Handbook The Benefits of Reading Aloud When I attended college back in the 1990's, we elementary education majors got an earful about the 1985 findings of the U.S. Department … Continue reading The Educational Benefits of Audiobooks

Struggling Readers

As I'm preparing for the upcoming homeschool year, I'm going to take a break from book reviews to touch on a related literary subject--struggling readers. I have one of these. In fact, I have two. The younger one is a typical boy who'd rather spend time outside and therefore commits way less than his full … Continue reading Struggling Readers

Why Read the Classics?

I love to see what's new in the world of children's literature, and I'm so excited about the new ebook revolution with its possibilities and opportunities for new authors.  But I am and always will be a great proponent of the classics.  These are stories that have stood the test of time.  They became classics … Continue reading Why Read the Classics?

How to Turn Kids into Readers

In a recent post, I answered the question “Why Should I Make My Kids Read?”  Now I’m going to give some practical suggestions to help turn kids into readers.  Be forewarned, no matter what you do, not every kid will love reading.  These suggestions, however, should go far in making literature taste better for the less-inclined. The most … Continue reading How to Turn Kids into Readers

Why Should I Make My Kids Read?

"So what’s the big deal about reading?" I have sometimes been asked.  "Why is everyone trying to get my kids to read?" The most logical answer to these questions is that we live in a literate world. To maintain a high quality of life, children must become proficient readers.  To land a decent job and function in a … Continue reading Why Should I Make My Kids Read?