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NEW YORK, May 12 (Reuters Health) - Although American children still spend part of their days reading, they are spending less time doing it for pleasure than decades ago, with significant gaps in proficiency, according to a report released on Monday. The San Francisco-based nonprofit Common Sense Media, which focuses on the effects of media and technology on children, published the report, which brings together information from several national studies and databases.
The report found that the percentage of nine-year-old children reading for pleasure once or more per week had dropped from 81 percent in 1984 to 76 percent in 2013, based on government studies. Of those who read or are read to, children tend to spend on average between 30 minutes and an hour daily with that activity, the report found.
Rideout cautioned that there may be difference in how people encounter text and the included studies may not take into account stories read online or on social media. Despite the large percentage of children with below-basic reading skills, reading scores among young children have improved since the 1970s, according to one test that measures reading ability.
The reading scores among 17-year-olds, however, remained relatively unchanged since the 1970s. About 46 percent of white children are considered "proficient" in reading, compared with 18 percent of black children and 20 percent of Hispanic kids.
The report highlights some behaviors that have been tied to children being more frequent readers. A new initiative is turning Women in Recovery (WIR) participants into bookworms – and helping them in their healing. Nearly 35 women – those in the first phase of the 18-month WIR curriculum – participate in the reading program. Reading also helps the women – who have experienced poverty, addiction, abuse other significant traumas in their lives – realize the possibilities that exist with recovery. Shelby and her fellow bookworms have already tackled works that range from a modern political retrospective to a collection of letters from the early 20th century. Library club is great way to support your child with their reading and give them access to thousands of fantastic books.
This entry was posted in General News and tagged library club, reading on October 6, 2015 by bhall.
Last year opening the school library after school was a huge success and was thoroughly enjoyed by both parents and children alike – so it is back by popular demand!


We are once again giving parents and carers the opportunity to visit the library with your child for 30 minutes after school in which they will be allowed to take a book home to read with you. Each child MUST be accompanied by an adult as this is the time for you and your child to read together.
This entry was posted in General News and tagged Key Stage 2, library, reading on November 13, 2014 by Mrs Sale.
Our Reception childre will be visiting the Palace Theatre in Manchester on Thursday 22nd May 2014 to watch a performance of a€?What the Ladybird Hearda€™ based on the award winning book of the same name by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks.
Please send payment and the completed consent form in an envelope clearly marked with your childa€™s name, class, amount sent in and which trip they are going on. If you have any questions about this visit, please do not hesitate to ask your childa€™s teacher. This entry was posted in General News and tagged Foundation Stage, Julia Donaldson, literacy, Ra, Rb, Rc, reading, reception, trip on May 15, 2014 by Miss Healey. Tomorrow we will hold a Workshop which will provide you with advice and guidance for helping your child to read at home. This entry was posted in Workshop and tagged KS1, literacy, parents, reading, workshop on May 15, 2014 by Miss Healey. This year to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 6th March 2014 each year group has been assigned an author. Mrs Davis would also like to thank those children who have already entered in the extreme reading competition – there is still time left to get your entries in!
Keep an eye out also for the Scholastic Book Club leaflet and a World Book Day A?1 voucher which will come home soon!
This entry was posted in Event and tagged competition, non-uniform, reading, World Book Day on February 27, 2014 by Miss Healey. This year to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 7th March 2013 each year group has be assigned a literacy genre, in which children can come to school dressed as a character from a book from that particular genre. Along with a letter which will be sent home with children tonight, each child will also receive a National book token to be redeemed against one of eight books.
This entry was posted in Event, General News and tagged books, dress up, literacy, reading, World Book Day on February 27, 2013 by Miss Healey.
It’s that time of year again, we will be hosting another fantastic Scholastic Book Fair!
Book prices start from as little as A?2.99, and for each book you purchase you can earn books for the school library!


This entry was posted in General News and tagged after school, book fair, parents, reading on November 21, 2012 by Miss Healey.
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About a third of 13-year-olds and almost half of 17-year-olds reported in one study that they read for pleasure less than twice a year.
Only about one-third of fourth grade students are "proficient" in reading and another one-third scored below "basic" reading skills. Those behaviors include parents setting aside time to read with their children and parents reading themselves to model good behavior. Earlier this year, WIR received funding from the Oklahoma Humanities Council to establish a reading enrichment program.
Recovery support specialist Debbie Wright-Burns says the program has helped boost women’s academic and social skills and improved their ability to work as a team. They’re currently pouring over Dust Track on a Road, an autobiography about one woman’s path from childhood poverty to an influential role in the Harlem Renaissance. This will be an excellent opportunity for your child to experience a theatre performance of a story that we all enjoy as well as develop their speaking, listening and story language skills. The school will subsidise the visit by providing the cost for the coach to and from the theatre therefore we are asking for a donation for this amount from each child to enable the visit to go ahead. Children can come to school dressed as a character from any book that their author has written. When they receive their token, all they need to do is to take it to a local bookshop and swap it for one of eight (exclusive, new and completely free) A?1 World Book Day Books or use it as a A?1 off coupon on any full price book.
Visiting scholars, primarily college professors and librarians, assign a book which women have one month to complete. The scholars then lead a lively, group exploration of the authors’ backgrounds, literary themes and how the text applies to participants’ lives.



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