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The Benefits of Reading Aloud With Your Child (and How to Get the Most Out of It)

The Benefits of Reading Aloud With Your Child (and How to Get the Most Out of It)

How important is reading aloud to children? Here, Chicago tutor Galen B. reviews the benefits and some helpful tips...  Whether your child is not yet talking or is working on chapter books, reading aloud with her is a valuable exercise. According to the U.S. Department of Education, “reading aloud to children is the single most important activity for building knowledge and eventual success.”1 It introduces vocabulary and word-sound association, which builds the foundation for literacy. It … Read More

The Benefits of Reading Aloud With Your Child (and How to Get the Most Out of It)
How important is reading aloud to children? Here, Chicago tutor Galen B. reviews the benefits and some helpful tips...  Whether your child is not yet talking or is working on chapter books, reading aloud with her is a valuable exercise. According to the U.S. Department of Education, “reading aloud to children is the single most important activity for building knowledge and eventual success.”1 It introduces vocabulary and word-sound association, which builds the foundation for literacy. It
A+ Tips: How to Write an Essay
Does your stomach drop every time you hear the words "writing assignment"? It is quite common for students to stress over writing papers, but once you learn more about how to write an essay, you will find that there is a method to the madness. Keep calm and get good grades, by following these six easy steps to writing an essay. Step One: Research Whatever you plan to write about, it is best to do your research before you start writing your essay. If your essay requires you to quote outside
Basic Email Writing Skills for Professionals
Most of us are pretty comfortable with using email as a primary tool for written communication in our personal and professional lives. But while some shorthand and a couple of typos don’t do too much harm in a friendly email, the same speaks volumes in the workplace (and not in the fun, casual way you may think). Whether you’re communicating internally with colleagues and executives, or externally with your client base, polished email writing skills will come handy in your professional arsenal.
5 Fiction Writing Contests for High School Students
Do you have the gift of the written word? There are a variety of fiction writing contests available for high school students that are an ideal way to show off your writing. Think how hard you have worked and the confidence you’ve gained in your writing. It’s time to share it with the world! Our favorite high school fiction writing contests include: Skipping Stones Youth Honor Awards Skipping Stones magazine recognizes high school students that are working to promote multicultural, enviro
Breaking Bad Reading | Reading Comprehension Practice
Struggling with reading assignments? This reading comprehension practice exercise may seem a bit strange, but it works! Read on as Tucson, AZ and online tutor Lourdes C. explains the "breaking bad reading" method...   The most fundamental challenge most students face is not in the content, it's in bad reading habits. The layout of most text in the Western world is linear, following a progressive line of reasoning and logical thought from beginning to end without diversion (which i

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