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April 2019 by V. R. Duin


And when Little Ray heard their words,
he came to his senses and thought about birds.
Under their feathers, they had to have skin.
If so, Little Ray's fight was about to begin!
(The Amazing Flight of Little Ray)

Those who pay reading forward help children achieve success at school and in life through early childhood education, development and learning.

Powerplay? Cincinnati Children's Reading and Literacy Discovery Center gives insights into picture books' power. Their 2018 study with 27 children of about age four confirms visuals greatly aid early language development.

Ready to Ramble? Speaking voice alone is not captivating for kids. Viewing animated stories on screens offers no time to think. Reading aloud with pictures engages attention, builds imagination and strengthens concentration.

Play to Learn? In April 2018, AAP published Reading Aloud Can Reduce Hyperactivity and Attention Problems in Children. It reports reading out loud and pretend play affect children's social and emotional development.

Drawing Inspiration? Early reading improves creative thought and power. Picture books can enhance the first five years of a child's early childhood education. Text and pictures merge to stimulate attention, memory and focus.

Master Stroke? Developing minds benefit from book focus and stimulus. Employers place premiums on soft skills of social grace, language diplomacy and emotional intelligence. Early starts come with cozy story time.

Focus Group? The magic of performing aloud with a child combines warmth, sight and sound. Kids discover books are interesting. They create helpful reading and study habits for spelling, writing and thinking.

Close Look? Home reading programs add non-punitive consistency to practice and enrichment. Books for story time cultivate customs, establish expectations and facilitate future studies of math, science and technology.

Working Order? Reading for pleasure and enlightenment may remain in adulthood. Reading adults can meet accelerating change with independent study to develop new skills. Innovative books rarely rise in “the system”.

Cut Above? Students welcome stimulation to see, hear, discuss, act and learn outside the standard curriculum. Problem-solving suspense during reading provides exposure to and practice with original concept development.

Environmental Impacts? Traditional, virtual and one-on-one tutoring conditions provide flexible teaching variety. Checks and balances come with the comfort and freedom of individual questions asked and answered.

About Face? Kids are attuned to distraction and disinterest. Attention to digital devices discourages interaction. Frustrations from work, school and screen time are contagious. Reading together creates personalized bonding.

Forward Thinking? Real-world connections are needed for real-world advancement. Kids glued to electronic devices disconnect from the learning process. Distance diminishes attention and reduces cooperative participation.

Higher Ground? Attention to fast-moving screens is shallow and reactive. Too much is happening to allow pause for reflection or deep thought. Reading develops the mental faculties needed to process information.

Early Childhood Education, Development and Learning

Finest Hour? Each child deserves an early start and a wide subject variety to examine. Exposure to interesting content helps pave the way for success. Reading improves when children are shown the pleasure in it.

Dreamscapes? Child readers gain an advantage with literacy skills. They better grasp material with guidance from trusted adults. A warm and reassuring closeness develops during fun Reading Exercises with a child.

Manual Override? Children from disadvantaged backgrounds catch up via individual preparation. Reading history enhances the ability to analyze and comprehend written content. A persistent learning culture starts at home.

Idea Lab? Advantaged kids often start school with strong foundations. Networks and interactions in upper echelons teach awareness of the extent to which books mold character, advance knowledge and increase income.

Game Face? Learning development may be occurring too late. Education increasingly is taking place in prisons and detention centers. Early education is giving way to rehabilitative lessons and work programs.

Book Bans? Prisons censor reading materials. Self-help books may be inflammatory or facilitate crime. Picture books may increase tattoo risks. Hardcover books may hold drugs. Inmates have little grievance process.

Fresh Takes? One-size-per-age controls on reading in schools also seem arbitrary. Parents know their children better than does the bureaucracy. Parents make informed choices about child health, diet, lifestyle and religion.

Social Studies? Low parental involvement correlates with low achievement rates. Reading exposes children to the outside world, expands vocabularies and gives practice with information extraction and analysis.

Power House? Education puts limits on parental participation in school activities or operations. Students may not be allowed to read outside their age levels. Standards may be lowered. School choice may be discouraged.

Dream Team? Parental engagement is building. Average grade school students should read stories at 125 words per minute. For average students in junior and high school the rate should be 200-250 words per minute.

Everything Clicks? Home-schooling is rising. Parents can instill heritage, refinement, ethics and knowledge in children within safe home confines. Online connections stimulate ideas, discussions and activities for growth.

Rain Check? Parents can foster wellbeing without pulling children from school. They can encourage critical thinking and discuss global threats in a positive way. They can guide their children to overcome real-world fears.

Help Children Achieve Success at School

Art of the Huddle? Joint learning with adults has benefits. Close-up inspection and interesting discussion help connect storied action to real-life characters. Time management and interpersonal skills improve.

Great Heights? About half of children in the U.S. read at grade level. Readers, writers and educators should seek independent opportunities. Mentors using pleasurable content may raise reading rates for generations.

It All Stacks Up? Basic literacy is a life skill. Books enrich language exposure and strengthen career readiness. Interesting, far-out subjects may lead reluctant readers to plan and prepare for challenging lifetime pursuits.

Acid Wash? Non-readers fall behind in school and become discouraged. These students have high truancy and drop-out rates. They connect with peers and distance themselves from positive associations with book learning.

Body of Evidence? The U.S. DE presents statistics about literacy and crime. NCES surveys of literacy behind bars reveal 60 percent of prison inmates are illiterate; 85% of juvenile offenders have reading problems.

Hands of Time? Students must receive the individual attention they deserve. They often are bored and under-challenged by the system of repetitive routines with narrow subjects. Alternative approaches may prove beneficial.

Turn up the Heat? Learning no longer may be happening. Conduct deteriorates when material seems irrelevant. Different learning styles and abilities cannot be served by one-size-fits-all approaches.

Walking Tall? Students resist conformity. They are inattentive when forced to study subjects they find no need to know. An inquiring mind must be self-motivated to absorb marketable, technical and professional skills.

Starting with a Dream? Passions are central to career quests. Early learning development identifies talents and interests. It sets the stage for sophisticated skills, dynamic achievements and improved life opportunities.

View Finder? Reading provides information, insights and viewpoints. Effort and study improve reasoning and management of new situations. Positive reinforcement aids in the push for intelligence and judgment.

Chain Reaction? Readers of this article may recognize their interest in arts and sciences came from an adult. Reading aloud to children teaches an appreciation of books. Everyone can work together to pay reading forward.