Understanding literacy development in students

01/8/2013 | Edutopia.org

Research shows that simply reading aloud to a child is not enough to help them acquire the necessary pre-literacy skills, educator Erika Burton writes in this blog post. She highlights six activities -- such as pointing to each word as it is read and asking a child to predict the story based on picture clues -- that parents can learn to do so their preschool-age children develop the necessary cognitive skills for reading comprehension. "Children need parents to be their reading role models with daily practice in order to navigate successfully through beginning literacy skills," Burton writes.

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