July 11, 2007 Edition

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Summer is a great time for learning

Melanie Spence
Guest Writer

Summer is here! A time to put school and learning to the side, right? Not exactly. Research says that one of the most powerful tools to help your child be a proficient reader is to have a wide range of schema, or background knowledge. Learning is built upon learning.

Education experts would agree that what a child brings to the page is actually more important than the text itself. What can you do to build your child's background knowledge? A few ideas are listed below:

Be assured that the experiences you create with your child today will be the connection for future learning.

(Note: This series of columns will be written by different employees of the NEA Educational Cooperative to inform the public about the services provided by the co-op. Melanie Spence is the literacy specialist at the co-op.)

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