After children have mastered pre-reading skills, the instructional focus shifts to vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. Most vocabulary is learned indirectly through everyday experiences with both written and oral language. Many children learn new words through read-alouds, but also through conversation.
Tag: children’s literacy
The old adage goes “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” The same is true of reading and writing. Give a child a book and they might be entertained for a few hours, especially if that child had the chance to choose their own book.
This March, CLiF is spreading the joy of Dr. Seuss far and wide!
March, beautiful March! Our favorite month of the year! We embrace all that March has to offer us here in the Northeast – the mixed precipitation, the onset of cabin fever, the daily battle between the lion and the lamb – Why, you ask?
“My child is not a strong reader, and we’re struggling to find a book he will stick with. He’s easily discouraged, and he says he hates reading. Can you help me find a book he’ll like?”
I’ve been asked this question many, many times.
by Grace Ahmed
A Valentine’s Day homage to Mo Willems.
Exclusively written for CLiF
For the longest time, many had believed that an affinity for math and science and an affinity for the humanities had been mutually exclusive, and this had been attributed to the fact that we are either left-brained, or right-brained, depending on which hemisphere of our brain is more active.
A couple of months ago, a ten-year-old boy rode his bike to my library. He came in all by himself, a huge smile on his face. Someone had just told him that there was a place where he could take books home for free, and he was eager to get his hands on a new book series his friend had just told him about.
Up until Saturday morning, I had about 10 boxes of books sitting in my living room and dozens of middle grade and young adult books scattered throughout my house. I had a pile of books to read when I was upstairs, a pile of books to read when I was downstairs, a pile of books on my nightstand.
It’s snowing in Waterbury Center! Here in the CLiF office, we’re thinking about warm beverages.
More importantly, we’re working with the communities we serve to ensure children participating in CLiF programs have new books in time for the holidays.
This is what $25 brings a low-income, at-risk, or rural New Hampshire or Vermont child:
- A professional, inspiring literacy presentation such as an author/illustrator visit, writing workshop, or storytelling
- Two brand-new, high quality books of his or her choice to keep
This holiday season, CLiF hopes to inspire our friends with our 50/25 drive.