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April 2019 by V. R. Duin

PAY READING FORWARD

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, thanks to early childhood education, development and learning.

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


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


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


Drawing Inspiration? Early reading develops 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 focus and stimulus. Employers place premiums on soft skills of social grace, communication strength 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. Once 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 culture, 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 for development of new skills. These books rarely rise in “the system”.


Cut Above? Students welcome stimulation outside the standard curriculum to see, hear, discuss, act and learn. The suspense of problem-solving as they read provides exposure to and practice with original concept development.


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


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


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 for deep thinking or pause for 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 variety of materials 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. The closeness that develops during Reading Exercises with a child is warm and reassuring.


Manual Override? Children from disadvantaged backgrounds catch up via individual preparation. Reading history enhances the ability to analyze and comprehend written content. A culture of persistent learning 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 coming too late. Education increasingly is taking place in prisons and detention centers. Early education has given way to rehabilitative lessons and work programs.


Fresh Takes? One-size-per-age controls on reading in schools don't help. Parents know their children better than the bureaucracy does. Parents make informed choices about childhood health, diet, lifestyle and religion.


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


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


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


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.

Help Children Achieve Success at School

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 and 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 and 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 can not be served by one-size-fits-all approaches.


Everything Clicks? Home-schooling is rising. Parents can instill heritage, refinement, ethics and knowledge in children within the confines of home. 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.


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


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 development and learning identify talents and interests, setting 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 recognize their interest in arts and sciences likely came from an adult. Reading aloud to children teaches an appreciation of books. Let's work together to pay reading forward.