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3 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Read


3 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Read

(NewsUSA) – The number of children who read digitally is on the rise, according to a report called “The Children’s Digital Book Market: The future looks bright.” In both the U.S. and Canada, e-book sales for children have increased substantially for some companies. No matter how you may feel about digital books, this is great news.

More kids reading is always good news — especially when reading achievement levels are so abysmal. Data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress says that only one-third of all students entering high school are proficient in reading.

It’s no secret that children who read tend to be more successful in school. Reading helps instill an interest in learning, exercises the brain and improves concentration, critical thinking and vocabulary.

“As ...

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The Reading Wars: Technology Helps Kids Learn to Read


The Reading Wars: Technology Helps Kids Learn to Read

The Reading Wars: Technology Helps Kids Learn to Read

(NewsUSA) – Parents know that the best way to instill a love of reading in a child is to read to them early and often. Unfortunately, this does not guarantee an avid book lover. Nor does it guarantee that a child will be able to read well.

That’s because children learn differently, experts say. Some need visual experiences, while others respond to auditory cues. Still others need a hands-on approach.

Despite parents’ best efforts, however, sometimes children continue to struggle to make sense of words on a page. So, what’s a concerned (but frustrated) parent to do?

“Children’s reading problems are rooted in how they process information,” says educator David Fowler, M. Ed.

Fowler likens a child’s mind to a computer, noting that...

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TV’s Blind MasterChef: How Free Reading Program Kept Her Sane


TV's Blind MasterChef: How Free Reading Program Kept Her Sane

(NewsUSA) – If you watched season three of Fox TV’s reality cooking show “MasterChef,” you remember the big smile that lit up Christine Ha‘s face every time she impressed the judges with her bold flavors — and especially when her three-course meal of Vietnamese comfort food won Ha the “MasterChef” title.

What casual viewers may not have realized right away is that the amateur cook from Houston, Texas, is blind. In 2003 Ha was diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica (NMO), a rare neurological condition that deteriorates the optic nerves and spinal cord. By 2007, Ha had lost most of her vision. But she had regained her love of reading, with help from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS).

“[NLS] reignited my love for literature...

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