The Science of Reading – Part 4: Online Reading

[Editor’s note: This is the last part of our five-part series on the best practices of learning to read and learning to read better.] To read Part 1, “Unlocking Language,” click here. To read Part 2, “Vocabulary and Comprehension,” click here. To read Part 3A, “Developing Fluency,” click here. To read Part 3B, “Developing Fluency” (continued),” click here. … Continue reading “The Science of Reading – Part 4: Online Reading”


The Science of Reading – Part 1: Unlocking Language

[Editor’s note: This is the first part of our five-part series on the best practices of learning to read and learning to read better.] There’s a long-standing debate about how best to teach children to read, which has led to what is colloquially known as the “reading wars.” On one side of the battle are … Continue reading “The Science of Reading – Part 1: Unlocking Language”


Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom

It’s pretty much a given that not all students in a classroom are going to be at the same level in terms of both knowledge and ability. While modern schools attempt to group students according to age and basic knowledge, every class still contains students of different backgrounds, abilities, and achievement levels. This situation is … Continue reading “Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom”


Stop the Summer Slide Early this Year

As the last of the school bells ring sometime in May or June of every year, kids race out of classes and into a summer they hope will be filled with fun and adventure. Very few think about reading and the need to keep up with their hard-earned skills from the previous academic year. This … Continue reading “Stop the Summer Slide Early this Year”


The Importance of Reading during the Coronavirus Pandemic

We’re all going a little stir-crazy these days, even though we’re only in the early stages of coronavirus lockdown and just learning how best to practice social distancing. We’re being told not to gather in groups larger than 10 people, and that means businesses, movie theaters, restaurants, and even schools and libraries are being shut … Continue reading “The Importance of Reading during the Coronavirus Pandemic”


Dolly Parton’s Literary Legacy Continues

A short time ago, we discussed Dolly Parton’s creation of the Imagination Library program in 1995. The non-profit program, underwritten by local libraries and other community institutions, provides one free book a month to children from newborns to five years old. From its small start in Sevier County, where Parton grew up, the Library has grown … Continue reading “Dolly Parton’s Literary Legacy Continues”


Real-Time Language Change

We spent a good part of last year looking at how writing — and therefore reading — changed since its inception thousands of years ago till the present day (for links to all those blogs, click here). What’s interesting now, is there is at least one language that is changing in real-time, the language of Laos. The … Continue reading “Real-Time Language Change”


Book/Reading-Related New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s comes with a slew of resolutions — often about money or diet — that somehow don’t last past a few weeks, or at most a month. Why not change that up this year and make some reading/book resolutions that will keep you engaged to the end of the year and probably beyond? Here … Continue reading “Book/Reading-Related New Year’s Resolutions”


Trends in Reading

As our blog staff takes the week off to celebrate the holidays with our families, we thought you might find this article from the December 24 edition of the Washington Post interesting: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/11-trends-that-changed-the-way-we-read-this-decade/2019/12/24/fb251fb6-21bf-11ea-86f3-3b5019d451db_story.html Much has changed in reading over the past decade, and as we’re about to head into a new year and a new … Continue reading “Trends in Reading”


Study Skills Part 3 – Time Management

Time management is not only a skill that’s important while you’re attending school, but it’s one that carries over in to every aspect of your life. Every day we face an array of schedules, meetings, deadlines, household chores, and a whole host of other events we need to contend with; if we don’t plan our … Continue reading “Study Skills Part 3 – Time Management”