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How educators, librarians are connecting students with books to prevent COVID-19 summer literacy slide

How educators, librarians are connecting students with books to prevent COVID-19 summer literacy slide

Education Dive – Shawna De La Rosa After a socially distanced spring of online learning, school and county librarians are making an effort to put real books in the hands of students for a screen-free summer in an effort to stave off an anticipated “COVID slide” in literacy skills. Experts fear students will experience an exaggerated version of the summer slide this year. When the coronavirus pandemic forced schools to close this spring, many districts were unprepared to transition to online learning, setting the stage for a significantly longer learning gap than during a typical summer despite best efforts to salvage the spring Read...
How to effectively support struggling readers during distance learning

How to effectively support struggling readers during distance learning

E-School News – Jillian Kaster and Laura Axtell Parents who might be uncomfortable with continuing their role of teacher this fall can find solace in this fact: authentic teachable moments happen outside the classroom all the time. If your student or child had to rapidly transition to an at-home learning environment as a struggling reader, an English language learner, or one with dyslexia, there are many ways that the support they were receiving in school can transfer to their home. Read...
Money Advice Every Parent Should Give Their Children

Money Advice Every Parent Should Give Their Children

Forbes – Jonathan I. Shenkman One of the more common scenarios I encounter in my practice is sitting down with a seemingly highly successful young married couple who are struggling to reach basic financial milestones. They have a hard time maintaining an emergency fund, coming up with a down payment for a home, saving for their child’s college education, and participating in their employer’s 401(k) plan. At first glance, one wouldn’t expect these folks to be struggling financially. Many of these HENRY (High Earner Not Rich Yet) couples are earning over half a million dollars a year between both spouses and have great jobs with tremendous upside potential. Read...

The best early childhood education material

The Chicago Tribune – Kristin Yarbrough Anyone who’s spent time with a preschooler knows children are driven to learn — the steady flow of questions is a dead giveaway. Experts say most brain development occurs before age five, so investing in education early can pay off down the road. Toddlers learn differently from older children — through play and exploration — and these things don’t often come easily to grown-ups. Take a look at our buying guide for tips and recommendations on early childhood education materials. Our top pick, Learning Resources’ Alphabet Soup Sorters, targets both academic and motor development. Read...
Watching foreign-language TV during the coronavirus pandemic can help you learn a new language

Watching foreign-language TV during the coronavirus pandemic can help you learn a new language

The Conversation – Stuart Webb and Elke Peters Research shows that students are motivated to learn language through watching foreign language television programs. In the world of professional sports, baseball players, ice-hockey players and football managers have also claimed that television was a key resource for their language development. Surprisingly, television has played a relatively small role in the language learning classroom. Our research has shown that students learn new words and phrases through watching television, and the amount of learning may be similar to what is learned through reading. Read...