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The Power of Reading


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The Power of Reading

  1. 1. Highlights Digital Reading Platform The Power of Reading
  2. 2. 2 Highlights for Children’s Mission “We believe children are the world's most important people. We help children become their best selves by publishing content and creating experiences that engage, delight, and foster joyful learning. Children and families around the world enjoy our content every day—at home, in school, and all the places in between.”
  3. 3. 3 The more time spent reading outside of school, the higher the score on reading achievement tests. (Cullinan 2000) The Power of Reading
  4. 4. 4 How do children learn to read? Reading is a product of: Decoding (word recognition) Language comprehension Reading fluency is defined as the combined ability to read the text and understand what is read
  5. 5. 5 How do children learn to read? When children acquire language early, their brains build a foundation of language. As frequent readers grow, their brains learn language more efficiently, so early practice is critical Decoding (word recognition) Language comprehension Less fluent reader More fluent reader
  6. 6. 6 How the brain reads Proficient readers develop a “neural pathway” (blue) between the area that processes sound (green) and the area that processes symbol recognition (pink). When that pathway is developed, directly below it is the area that stores vocabulary, allowing for quick retrieval of words and meaning.
  7. 7. 7 How the brain reads Orthographic Processor (symbol) Phonologic Processor (sound) Fluent ReaderBeginning Reader Sound-symbol connection “Within his brain, the child is literally building the neural circuitry that links the sounds of spoken words, the phonemes, to the print code, the letters that represent these sounds” - Guinevere Eden, Georgetown University Study (Shaywitz, 2003, p. 177)
  8. 8. 8 Development of vocabulary --Hart, B. & Risley, T. Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experiences of Young American Children. Baltimore, MD:; Paul H. Brookes, 1995. The number of words heard The richness of language heard Vocabulary is developed based on Exposure to many words, through both reading books and spoken conversation, is key to acquiring a deep vocabulary when learning a language
  9. 9. 9 Development of comprehension • Readers must be able to get the text off the page to have sufficient cognitive energy to devote to reading. • While developing word-recognition skills and fluency, a young reader needs to develop a wide and broad base of vocabulary, oral language, and background knowledge. What does research say about comprehension in early reading?
  10. 10. Student A 10 The Power of Reading Student B • 1 min/day • 180 mins/school year • 8,000 words/year • Scores in the 10th percentile on standardized tests • 20 mins/day • 3,600 mins/school year • 1,800,000 words/year • Scores in the 90th percentile on standardized tests • 5 mins/day • 900 mins/school year • 282,000 words/year • Scores in the 50th percentile on standardized tests Student C Nagy & Berman, 1987
  11. 11. 11 Benefits of Reading Improve children’s lifetime success in English language Early reading practice leads to exponential understanding in future grades! Successes in the beginning meant future success, while those who struggled, remained struggling. Duncan et al., 2007; Juel,1988; Wagner et al.,1997; Wagner, Torgesen, & Rashotte,1994
  12. 12. Benefits of Reading with Highlights Library With access to thousands of authentic books, Highlights Library was created to help children improve their English language fluency – for success now and in the future!
  13. 13. Highlights Digital Reading Platform Thank You!