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Reading is the Answer!!!

More and more research is pointing to a break down in basic education.

 

Universities, educational foundations and the government continue to wonder about the health of our educational system.  Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Jay P. Greene, Ph.D. and Senior Research Associate Greg Foster, Ph.D., found that only 32% of the high school class of 2001 had the skills to attend a four-year university.

 

juliana reading usborne In 2005, Indiana University issued a report "Getting Students Ready for College:  What Student Engagement Data Can Tell Us."  In it they reported that 27 percent of high school students make past their freshman year.

 

The committee on Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children (a division of the National Research Council) reported in 1998 that "The educational careers of 25-40 percent of American children are imperiled because they don't read well enough, quickly enough, or easily enough. 

 

And, the Department of Health and Human Services estimates that "...more that $2 billion is spent each year on students who repeat a grade because they are having reading problems."

 

If anecdotal evidence isn't enough, scholarly research and statistics are showing that reading, simple reading to oneself and being read to, is the answer to our dilemma.

 

Anderson, Wilson & Fielding (1988) report in Reading Research Quarterly that out-of-school reading of even 15 minutes a day of independent reading can expose students to more than a million words of text in a year.  The increased exposure increases fluency.

 

Likewise reading aloud to young children promotes language acquisition and literacy development as well as reading comprehension and overall success in school. (National Center for Education Statistics)

 

Jim Trelease, best selling author and read aloud guru (http://www.trelease-on-reading.com/) says we can change our world.  He recommends reading aloud to children all the way up through middle school and longer if possible.  Read excerpts from his book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" on his website.

 

We are passionate about reading and about reading aloud to children.  If we can assist you in making Usborne & Kane Miller Book selections for your home library, contact us by phone or email.  We would love to help you.

 

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