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"The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Words cannot describe how much I love that book. I wish I could feel the wonder again that I felt the first time reading it. I compare every book I read to how I felt reading that one book"
One of the most effective ways to engage English-language learners (ELLs) and help them comprehend and read English is through repeated readings and retellings of appealing bilingual picture books. Using Con Mi Hermano/With My Brother by Eileen Roe, this lesson has second grade Spanish-speaking ELLs identify the main idea of the story, construct meaning from text and illustrations, and learn English words. They then demonstrate their knowledge and practice writing in English by writing a poem and a retelling of the story. This lesson (which can be adapted using bilingual books in other languages and for other ages) also has older struggling readers read with younger students. Finally, it encourages English-speaking students in mixed classrooms to learn Spanish words for familiar people and objects.
Good post! Yes, BREEDER will suck you in right from the first page! Love that book. Well-written middle-grade novels are also a great way to get back into reading, with their blessedly short chapters and resonant themes of adventure, loss, friendship and coming-of-age. In MG, Tuck Everlasting is one of my very favorites.
Of course, this is only true if you internalize and remember insights from the books you read. Knowledge will only compound if it is retained. In other words, what matters is not simply reading more books, but getting more out of each book you read.
One way to improve reading comprehension is to choose books you can immediately apply. Putting the ideas you read into action is one of the best ways to secure them in your mind. Practice is a very effective form of learning.
If you find yourself stuck or if you see that there are holes in your understanding, review your notes or go back to the text and try again. Keep writing it out until you have a good handle on the main ideas and feel confident in your explanation.
One way to attack this problem is to read a variety of books on the same topic. Dig in from different angles, look at the same problem through the eyes of various authors, and try to transcend the boundary of your own experience.
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Given activities occurring just before sleep are particularly well-remembered by young children, you might wonder if all this repetition is beneficial. The answer is yes. Your child is showing they enjoy this story, but also that they are still learning from the pictures, words, and the interactions you have as you read this book together.
You can also build on their interests by offering books from the same author or around a similar topic. If your child currently loves Where is the Green Sheep? look at other books by Mem Fox, maybe Bonnie and Ben rhyme again (there are sheep in there too). Offer a wide variety of books, including information books which give more insight into a particular topic but use quite different story structures and more complex words.
Go back to where you started reading: Tap the page, then tap the rounded arrow in the top-left corner of the page. Tap the rounded arrow again, but in the top-right corner, to go back to your current location.
Reading to toddlers sets the foundation for later independent reading. Reading problems can be challenging to fix when discovered in elementary school. But many reading problems can be prevented if reading starts in the toddler and preschool years.
Reading to toddlers often (if possible, at least once a day) is a great goal. Choosing regular times to read (especially before naps and bedtime) helps kids learn to sit with a book and relax. But you can read anytime your child seems in the mood.
If your toddler will let you, hold him or her in your lap when you read. This helps your toddler feel safe, happy, and relaxed. It also shows you're giving your full attention as you show your child new things, and encourages your child to participate.
You may find that your child sits still while coloring or playing with a favorite toy while you read. Some kids might not look at you or the book, but that doesn't mean they're not interested or listening.
Visit the library or the bookstore and let your child pick books to read at home. Many libraries and bookstores have toddler story times that kids enjoy. And let your child see you reading for fun. It's a great way to be your toddler's reading role model.
My mental health started failing around the same time my love for reading did, but it took me a long time to notice the difference between the two. The joy reading always brought me slipped through my fingers. Nothing brought me much joy when I was in a depressive state; everything was too much effort with too little payoff.
When we sense danger, our body prepares us to go into flight, flight, or freeze mode so we can protect ourselves from danger. At that moment, the prefrontal cortex, which is the part of our brain responsible for reading, math, and other deep-thinking tasks, is put on pause.
Ultimately, those all involve reading and processing written words. Intentionally reading shorter pieces of writing can be a great way to get back into reading long books. Think of it as taking a few short runs before entering a marathon.
It's not that I dislike books or struggle with comprehension or anything like that. Instead, my particular brand of ADHD makes it difficult to find motivation to start and focus when I do, plus I just don't like holding books in my hands that much. Depending on their size, both paperbacks and hardcovers can just be a little cumbersome to handle, especially if you like reading one-handed like I do.
I'm happy to say the 2021 edition of the Kindle Paperwhite(Opens in a new tab) is nearly perfect for folks who'd love to read more if not for all the little annoying things about reading. Both the ad-supported $140 model (which I used for this review) and the ad-free, $190 Signature Edition feature bigger 6.8-inch displays that look fantastic under any lighting, weeks-long battery life, and a flawless form factor fit for lazy one-handed readers like myself.
As I mentioned before, part of the reason I don't read as often as I should is that I'm lazy and prefer to lounge around with one hand free. Some actual books just don't accommodate that lifestyle due to their size and weight distribution. This Kindle Paperwhite is just heavy enough to not feel cheap and flimsy, without being a hindrance on the one-handed readers among us.
This is a fully touch-driven Kindle with no buttons for turning pages. A simple tap or swipe does the trick. Tapping the top of the screen while reading brings up a quick toolbar with options for going back to the home screen, changing font sizes and styles, and enabling a simple page turn animation. Swiping down from the top pulls out another menu for turning on Bluetooth for listening to Audible audiobooks, adjusting screen brightness and warmth, and turning dark mode on or off.
Highlighting passages, looking up the definitions of words, and bookmarking pages are all here, too. All of those nifty features are secondary to reading books, however, and the excellent Paperwhite display makes that a delight.
Text is sharp even when holding the device right up to your face. The glare-free screen is immensely legible and pleasing to the eye in all kinds of lighting. I've read Frank Herbert's meandering epic Dune (what can I say, I've got sandworm fever) on the new Paperwhite both outdoors in the shining sun and indoors at night with the lights turned off. In both scenarios, it was as comfortable as reading off an actual page with a light shining on it. Even at high brightness, the screen didn't hurt my eyes, either. You can truly take the new Paperwhite with you anywhere and have a good time reading it.
It should go without saying at this point that I loved everything about the new Kindle Paperwhite's physical design. This is an ideal e-reader for me once you actually have a book ready to go on the screen. Unfortunately, getting to that point can be somewhat troublesome.
Amazon doesn't set out to make iPad-level powerhouse tablets with the Kindle Paperwhite line. You use these devices to read or listen to books, and that's about it. Amazon promised better overall performance and responsiveness with the latest Paperwhite, and while my experience with it was mostly fine, I did run into a couple of technical blemishes.
I totally get that Amazon designs these Kindles to be really good for reading books at the expense of doing, well, anything else. The tremendous form factor and top-notch display outweigh these small performance hurdles for me because, again, I'm not expecting an iPad or even a Fire HD tablet here. Even with those low expectations in mind, though, it still feels a little behind the times.
It doesn't help that, on one occasion, the Paperwhite froze and became completely unresponsive in the middle of reading Dune. I waited several minutes for it to un-jam itself and that didn't happen. Holding the power button down for 40 seconds or so hard reset the device and I was able to get back to reading after that, but still, I felt this needed to be noted.
One final aspect of the performance to note is battery life. Amazon rates the new Kindle Paperwhite for up to 10 weeks of battery on a full charge. I only had the device for a little less than a week, so it was not possible for me to fully verify that. With that in mind, though, the battery drained by a mere 10 percent or so in that time frame. Maybe you won't get 10 weeks out of it if you read for hours every day, but it'll last a good, long while no matter how you shake it. 2b1af7f3a8