A Call to Improve Reading with Writing
I want to recommend a new report from the Carnegie Corporation of NY called WRITING TO READ: New Evidence for How Writing Can Improve Reading. It is an urgent call to include more writing across the curriculum. According to findings from the 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP),...
The Learning and the Brain Conference
I just attended and made a presentation at the 25th Learning & the Brain conference in San Francisco—USING BRAIN RESEARCH TO RAISE IQ AND ACHIEVEMENT.  My presentation was in a section titled How Will New Brain Technologies for Cognition and Memory Change Education, Learning and Aging? I talked...
Travel as Education
Travel can be one of the most educational experiences imaginable.  Even short trips that require hearing a new language, or seeing a new culture, or living in a new way (like camping) can make big changes in a child’s life. In 1970, my husband and I took our two children, Matthew (13) and Melissa...
What To Do About Your Child’s Media Time?
In my last post I wrote about the fact that this generation is spending 7.5 hours/day or 53 hours/week on TV, video games, music, and Internet socializing. The number of hours has increased dramatically since 2004 (then it was 4 hours/day) largely because of mobile devices that can play movies or games...
Is Your Child Engrossed in Media 53 hours/week?
A new study put out by Kaiser Family Services tells us that children are using media like TV, music, and internet social media more than 7.5 hours a day—that comes to an average of 53 hours a week of mostly passive experience! Yes, they text, but what kind of thought goes into texting or tweeting? ...
Recommended Reading
While Jeannine takes a break from blogging this holiday week, here are some good blog posts to check out: SchoolFamily.com has some great articles, like these: “Is my child reading at grade-level?” “Holiday traditions that improve reading and writing skills” The ASCD...
Writing with a pencil is difficult…
Writing with a pencil is difficult…… You have to remember what the letters look like…. You have to draw the letters…. You  have to erase… You have to copy over… Writing with a computer can make it easier… You don’t have to draw the letters….just...
Why not start with writing?
Writing is a system humans have invented to make speech visible. Our English alphabet is a way of drawing sounds. Words must be written before they can be read. Why not start with writing?
Assessing Your Child’s Phonics Skills
Children sometimes do well on reading tests in first or second grade because they are good at memorizing the visual appearance of words. You think they are doing fine! However, when they get to third grade, they may start experiencing more difficulty because they encounter many more words that begin...
Your First Grader Can Write!
First graders can write!  And what’s more they WANT to write!  The story below by Kasey, age 6, is a marvelous example, (produced in the Read, Write & Type lab at her school in Los Altos, California). Writing is a way to learn how to think.  As E.M. Forester once said “How can I know what...
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