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  • Traditional toys beat gadgets in language development Language development starts with natural objects, not with toys!
  • Little to Gain and Much to Lose In case you thought there’s something to be gained by starting a child reading in Kindergarten or before, think again!  Here’s a report from the Alliance for Childhood that explains the reason that much might be lost and little gained by starting too soon on reading with little ones: Read the pdf here.
  • What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades “New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep.” Read the entire article here.
  • Digital Reading Poses Learning Challenges for Students “When reading on screens, for example, people seem to reflexively skim the surface of texts in search of specific information, rather than dive in deeply in order to draw inferences, construct complex arguments, or make connections to their own experiences. Research has also found that students, when reading digitally, tend to discard familiar print-based strategies ...
  • The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens “As digital texts and technologies become more prevalent, we gain new and more mobile ways of reading—but are we still reading as attentively and thoroughly? How do our brains respond differently to onscreen text than to words on paper?” Read more.
  • Print Is Better For Information Retention, Study Says “Two groups, of 20 students each, wrote essays after reading materials in either in print-like or scrolling formats. Those given the scrolling versions to read had poorer comprehension of the material.” Read more
  • Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say “Word lovers and scientists have called for a “slow reading” movement, taking a branding cue from the “slow food” movement.” Read more.

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