Posts about reading.

Getting Young People Reading

Helping children find books that they are willing to read can sometimes be an arduous task.

Turns Out That Students Like Real Books, Not Electronic Ones

Interestingly, real books actually help children learn better as well.

Do Tablets Detract from Parent-Child Bonding Time?

Tablets are a prime source of distraction in two ways.

Family Reading Time: As Helpful Today as it was in Times Past

In case you ever wanted more evidence that reading with children is beneficial for them....

Even the “Best” American Schools Can’t Compete Globally

Such information should be a wake-up call to the rest of us as well. We can’t sit back on the laurels of our “good” and “high-achieving” schools because they might be falling behind as well.

Were Americans Illiterate Before the Arrival of Public Schools?

Were most Americans illiterate before the creation of our public education system in the 1830s?

That seems to be a popular assumption, but is it true?

Reading Levels: 1908 vs. 2014

Some of you may remember the 1908 curriculum manual I dug up in the Minnesota Historical Society archives a few months ago. When compared with a current public school reading list, it demonstrated that today’s schools are offering a more narrow view of western civilization and a simplified level of reading material.

Don’t Just Read TO Your Kids; Read WITH Them

Reading to your children will have immeasurable benefits for their academic success. We hear this over and over again in the education world.

So why don’t more parents do it? Statistically, only about one-third of parents read to their children at night—and that number is probably generous.

Classical Education Middle School Reading Lists

Classical education is noted for a reading curriculum which uses classic, challenging texts to present a wide range of historical periods in an entertaining manner.

What Makes Education "Classical"?

Have you ever heard the phrase “classical education”? Mentioning it generally brings either glazed over eyes or a vague, “Isn’t that the curriculum method homeschool overachievers follow?”