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Childhood Literacy

Parenting With Grace

John McCormick | Posted 04.21.2014 | Parents
John McCormick

The magic of storytelling has helped my sons and I connect with a kindred spirit half a world away. Now if that isn't grace, I don't know what is.

5 Things You Can Do to Promote Literacy Over the Holidays

Zetta Elliott | Posted 02.14.2014 | Black Voices
Zetta Elliott

Here are five simple steps you can take to promote literacy in your home, in your community and around the world.

Gather Around Celebrating the Stories of the Season

John McCormick | Posted 02.08.2014 | Parents
John McCormick

The time I've spent telling stories with my sons is one of the greatest treasures of my life. It has created a special bond between us, something that no one else does for them.

America's Word Gap Threatens Our Children's Likelihood for Success

H. Melvin Ming | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
H. Melvin Ming

It is not an understatement to reiterate that each of us has the power to make a difference in the life of a child. Let us pledge to spend a few extra minutes each day speaking and reading with our children because, together, we can make every day a reading and writing day.

Introducing Your Kids to Great Literature

John McCormick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
John McCormick

Talk to your kids about the stories you loved at their age and why. Describe the wonder you felt when you first read a favorite book and the worlds it opened for you.

Our Illiterate Children: Does Education Technology Put More Responsibility on Parents?

Andrew Cherwenka | Posted 04.15.2013 | Parents
Andrew Cherwenka

Education technology company Ooka Island is targeting parents and communities, not just teachers, in its quest to eradicate illiteracy. Is it a great example of technology's potential or a reflection of a broken school system?

Literacy By Third-Grade A Renewed Priority For Many States

AP | HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Flunked, retained, held back. Whatever you call it, increasing numbers of states are not promoting students who are struggling to...

Storytelling at Home for the Holidays

John McCormick | Posted 02.22.2013 | Parents
John McCormick

We spend too much time on shopping, entertaining, and shuttling around and too little time with the family. If only there was an alternative? Maybe there is. Try storytelling at home with the kids. It's the perfect activity for the holidays.

Answering Kids' Awkward Questions

John McCormick | Posted 11.10.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

Last week, I sat down with my 11-year-old son to deliver that time-honored rite of passage -- for parents as well as kids -- our first "Birds and the Bees" talk. I was prepared for every possible question, except the one he asked.

More States Requiring Students To Repeat A Grade: Is It The Right Thing To Do?

| Sarah Garland | Posted 08.20.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. Thousands of third-graders may have a sense of déjà vu on the first d...

It Starts with a Story

John McCormick | Posted 09.17.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

Storytelling, in short, teaches a child to walk in another's shoes.

Why Men Don't Have It All, Either

John McCormick | Posted 08.28.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

For this working dad, rediscovering my own pursuit of happiness starts not at the office, but at home with my family.

Athletes on Trial: Explaining Steroid Use to Children

John McCormick | Posted 08.21.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

When my baseball-loving son asks about Roger Clemens, what do I tell him?

Take the Father's Day Challenge

John McCormick | Posted 08.15.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

My family recently complained that Father's Day has turned me into a lazy bum. So this Father's Day, instead of just receiving gifts, I'm going to give back to my family.

Remembering D-Day this Father's Day

John McCormick | Posted 08.05.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

When I became a father, I realized for the first time what it might be like to send a child off to war.

Storytelling in the Age of Screens

John McCormick | Posted 07.30.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

How do I tear the kids away from flashing lights and explosions and get them to sit with a book or tell a story?

The Same Story? Again?! Storytelling as an Emotional Security Blanket

John McCormick | Posted 07.17.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

I used to wonder why my sons asked for the same story night after night. I came to the conclusion that kids simply enjoy the comfort of repetition. Think of it as an emotional security blanket.

Can Stricter Federal Guidelines Fix America's Literacy Crisis?

Posted 07.15.2012 | Education

As American students continue to fall behind foreign peers, 45 states and Washington, D.C. have adopted the Common Core State Standards, a new set of ...

Storytelling With Your Kids: How to Become a 'Story Dad'

John McCormick | Posted 07.02.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

When dads tell me they don't know how to tell stories, what they're often saying is, they don't know how to talk with their kids.

Storytelling with Your Kids: Creating a Family Tradition One Story at a Time

John McCormick | Posted 06.19.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

As an overworked Dad, I'm always looking for ways to find more time with my kids. I've found that storytelling is the ideal activity to enrich family time by creating a fun, free tradition.

America's Early Childhood Education Crisis

Michael Yarbrough | Posted 11.30.2011 | Education
Michael Yarbrough

The fact of the matter is that early childhood, ages three to five, is not only an ideal time to build a solid foundation in literacy and critical thinking abilities, but a crucial one at that.

How Dogs Are Helping Kids Read [VIDEO]

Posted 09.11.2011 | Education

The search for the perfect tutor may just end with your neighbor's dog. More children across the country are partaking in programs and events that ...

Summer Reading List For Your Kids (SLIDESHOW)

Posted 08.31.2011 | Education

Summer is when students spend the most time out of school in any one sitting, and it's also when children and teenagers most easily lose reading profi...

1 Million Volunteer Recruitment Effort Launched To Promote Childhood Literacy

The Huffington Post | Emmeline Zhao | Posted 08.21.2011 | Education

United Way Worldwide officially launched a three-year initiative to recruit 1 million volunteers to promote literacy among children on Tuesday, as par...