Drama and early Literacy

Researchers at Purdue University found that students who attend theater performances can improve their literacy skills as they understand the plot, characters and vocabulary in the show. Childsplay, an Arizona-based nonprofit, is harnessing this research to help teachers integrate drama into their early literacy instruction. Read more.

Closing the literacy gap

About one in five students in Tennessee has dyslexia, but many are undiagnosed. A nonprofit in Memphis is working to remedy that, training educators to both recognize and teach students with learning disabilities. Read more.

Too Small To Fail Project

Research says that, the more you talk to your child, the more they develop vital cognitive language skills that lay the foundation for their literacy skills for the rest of their lives. The Too Small To Fail project is building playgrounds with installations designed to get children and caretakers talking. Learn more.

3 Tips on Reading to Your Baby (and What Books To Read)

While selecting books for small children may be easier than for older children, sometimes it may feel difficult picking books for babies and very young children who cannot read – or even talk – on their own yet. As this post from the Nashville Public Library points out, many parents have hesitations reading to their babies due to the fact …

A Funny Side of Literacy

How can students articulate the difference between “roll” and “role”? Or all the different meanings of the word “hand”? This skill involves vocabulary knowledge as well as critical thinking skills. Jokes with puns involving ambiguous words can be a clever way to develop these skills with students. Tapping into student’s “puzzle-solving” brain can result in some highly engaging and entertaining …

“Read” Illustrations To Improve Literacy Skills

While reading aloud to children is a good thing to do no matter what, there are ways to maximize the impact of a great read-aloud. This resource from PBS Parents recommends “reading” the illustrations in picture books just as much as the actual words of the story. This means saying out loud what the picture looks like – pointing out …

Books From the Classroom I Haven’t Forgotten

On March 2, Metro Nashville Public Schools celebrated Read Across America Day, coinciding with Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2 and Book’Em’s Read Me Day, both designed to promote the joy of reading for students all over our district. Schools were filled with community volunteers’ sharing a passion for books by reading aloud to classrooms. Oftentimes people may think that …