A boy in the Ivory Coast practises reading his letters. Children can learn a lot about reading from each other during the “School Game”.
The benefits of learning through play are well documented. In rural communities in South Africa, "playing school" produces passionate lifelong readers.
Rembrandt’s famous painting – commonly known as The Night Watch – doesn’t even take place at night.
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The history of the picture title is really a history of the last 300 years.
Phonics programs are not helpful for all learners.
Phonics programs can be helpful for students with very particular learning needs - but it's not a one-size-fits-all literacy solution. Here are some things you should be wary of.
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.
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.
Young children enter care as a result of neglect or abuse, which has a big impact on their ability to engage in school.
A new report finds children in care are less likely to achieve the national minimum standards in literacy and numeracy – with the gap growing as they get older.
A woman in Africa reads on a tablet computer. The opposition between orality and literacy has been shown to be a false one.
It may seem that in Africa, oral culture has the upper hand over literacy. But this is not the case.
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?
What’s happening in world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s brain?
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Music is good for the brain – and we're now discovering how it helps our cognition.
Maybe not so smiley on the second day of school.
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New research shows that children who start school young are struggling to keep up with curriculum targets.
If African pupils get a quality good education, it can benefit their long-term health.
If Malawian children do not learn basic skills like reading, will this harm them in the long term? Recent evidence suggests the answer is yes – at least in terms of their health.
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.
When asked to document their own literacy practices, children in Ghana revealed a rich life of learning outside formal school structures.
There are about one million children not attending formal school in Ghana, but a programme in two small villages is a reminder that learning happens outside traditional classrooms too.
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Educational strategies and new interventions are being evaluated like never before as emphasis is increasingly put on finding out “what works” in teaching. Many of these studies are randomised controlled…
He’s been reading for months already.
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While the reading wars in education have raged for decades, most people agree that literacy is crucial for children and that the path to strong reading and writing skills begins in the home. But focusing…
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Two initiatives aimed at getting children to learn and read more have just launched with a flourish. The $15m Global Learning Xprize pits teams of innovators across the world in a competition aiming to…
MPs call for new campaign on literacy and numeracy.
With England once again in the spotlight for having poor adult skills, it’s timely that we have a new report from MPs calling for a campaign to fix the problem. But while there is lots of evidence out…
Very high stakes.
If you’re an eight-year-old living in Charleston, South Carolina, you’re soon going to need to study extra hard at reading. The US state has joined in with a policy trend across the country that links…