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Season of Giving

December 30,2016

As readers of this blog know, Budding Reader donates eBooks in the developing world through nonprofit partners, Worldreader and World Literacy Foundation. In 2016, hundreds of classrooms received Budding Reader eBook sets — benefiting over 11,000 students (mainly in Uganda). To date, Budding Reader has donated over 38,000 eBook sets to children in need.

Thanks so much for doing your part to make this happen. Happy Holidays!



Read, Write, Spell

November 29,2016

According to Reading Rockets, a valuable literacy website, only 850 common words account for 80% of the vocabulary elementary school children use in their writing. It follows then, that learning to spell this relatively short list of words can make writing much easier for children. This is especially true given that the most common words are used up to 13 times more frequently than the less common ones.

Reading Rockets organizes this list of 850 words by grade level. Find the appropriate lists for your children and help them learn these words. And some day maybe they’ll write a note to you to thank you for your efforts.


Baby Steps

October 31,2016

Have you ever noticed how babies and young children often stare into the faces of people they see? That is because babies’ brains are hardwired to learn from interactions with people.

Young children need to repeatedly hear the sounds of language in order to form critically important neural connections in their brains. Babies build those connections by carefully observing the people around them. In this way, they eventually make important connections between sounds, words, and the meanings conveyed. This is one of the very first steps in the long process of learning language, and ultimately, learning to read.

So the next time you notice a baby staring at you, stare right back. Talk slowly and clearly and feel good knowing that you are helping a child take a few baby steps on the road to learning language.