Extensive research shows that textbooks are crucial to children’s learning.
Textbooks have been at the centre of two major South African court cases. They may not be a magical cure for all the country's education ills, but research shows they are a critical part of learning.
When parents are stressed about maths, their children can develop the same negative feelings towards the subject.
Research shows that reading stories with a maths focus can boost grades and also help parents become less anxious about discussing maths.
Parents can help their children learn new words by reading their favourite books aloud.
While it can be painfully repetitive to adults, re-reading your child's favourite book aloud can help boost their vocabulary and fluency.
Reading is a complicated task and it can go wrong in many different ways.
Dyslexia is often poorly understood by the public, leading people to attribute a problem they have, like bad spelling, to dyslexia. Here are the most common misconceptions explained.
Should schools rethink their schedule?
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Some public schools have switched to a four-day school week. What does it change?
The new bedside read.
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Sales of e-readers are on the decline, with more people succumbing to the convenience of reading books on their phones.
Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton watches as a youngster is enthralled by a picture book in New York.
This research suggests that there is one simple way to equip your children for a life of literacy from their infancy: show them picture books.
Family dinners can whet children’s appetites for reading.
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Family meals – with lively conversation, storytelling and discussions of books and the tales they contain – feed children's literacy skills.
African-American kids have strong storytelling skills.
African-American children tell stories that are vivid, elaborate, and rich in imagery. These skills help support their early literacy skills. How can schools take advantage of this?
The Wizard of Oz series was swept from US libraries in the 1930s and 1940s.
When most people think of book censorship, they imagine political regimes and potentially book burning in Nazi Germany. What is little considered is that most books that have been challenged or banned are books for young people.
It’s important we learn to love books, not just learn to read them.
Reading instruction in the classroom is a key concern for all teachers and there are many ways to go about it. However, is our determination for excellence in reading skills in our children killing their love and enjoyment of a good book?
Back-to-school time comes with rich, teachable moments.
The time of transitioning back to school is crucial for both parents and children. Here's what you can do.
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Hell is not, as Sartre suggested, other people – it’s a holiday without books. So if you want a real break on your travels, take note.
In reading, we feel ourselves able to get up close and personal with a dead author.
The reader who loves literature of the past seeks to forge intimate connections with those who are no longer alive. In reading, we feel ourselves able to get up close and personal with a dead author.
It's summer, which means that the inevitable annual scrum to read the newest and hottest book on the block has begun. How exhausting.
Patients with alexia – or acquired dyslexia – can recognise letters but not words.
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Lesions on a particular region of the brain can cause 'acquired dyslexia'.
Reading for pleasure has proven benefits in other areas of academic and vocational life.
Once children can read teachers and parents stop encouraging them to continue reading. But reading for pleasure is important, too.
When children are bombarded with outside noises, it becomes harder to hear in class – and to learn.
Chronic environmental noise, like cars zooming past or airplanes overhead, can make children struggle with reading comprehension and affect their memory.
Literacy levels in South Africa are low, so training educators who can teach reading is more vital than ever.
There is a chasm between the research knowledge base about reading literacy and teachers' classroom practices. Standardisation could be a big part of the solution.
Kids need to be interested in the book they’re reading, so it’s better if they choose it themselves.
Kids will be turned off reading if they have no interest in the material. Comics or picture books are fine as long as the child enjoys it.