Preschoolers’ Reading Skills Benefit from One Modest Change by Teachers

ScienceDaily (Apr. 17, 2012) — A small change in how teachers and parents read aloud to preschoolers may provide a big boost to their reading skills later on, a new study found.

A small change in how teachers and parents read aloud to preschoolers may provide a big boost to their reading skills later on, a new study found. That small change involves making specific references to print in books while reading to children — such as pointing out letters and words on the pages, showing capital letters, and showing how you read from left to right and top to bottom on the page. 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120417080106.htm

http://teachmama.com/2011/10/learning-during-read-alouds-print-referencing.html

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Hello! How glad I am that we have a way to share ideas with each other. As I visit your programs I have learned so much. Now all of you can learn from each other, too. I taught special education for 30 and 1/2 years in the Lima City Schools, SBH for PCESC in Ottawa, and at Columbus Grove for 20 years. My last year and a half I piloted the Reading-tutors program for Project MORE while teaching at Columbus Grove. My students made more reading gains than I had ever seen before. As a special education teacher I knew that one to one teaching was the key. How exciting it was to see that actually happen. It does take a lot of work to organize materials before you begin the program. It takes extra work as you run the program. Seeing the happiness of the students, because they know they are becoming better readers, makes all the time sacrifices worth it. I hope you'll see and share your experiences with all of the Project MORE coordinators on this Blog very soon. Thank you and know it is always a joy for me to visit your program. Debby

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