Reading is the foundation for all learning and essential for school success. As children progress through school, it’s important to continue to build their reading abilities. “Reading confidence comes with continued practice,” says CEO and Co-Founder Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. “The more children read, the better they become at it and the more they enjoy it.”
Teen Read Week is October 7-13 and Huntington Learning Center is celebrating this national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the American Library Association. Launched in 1998 and held annually during the same week as Columbus Day, this commemoration encourages teens to be regular readers and library users.
The Huntington Learning Center is launching its annual summer reading program this week, called Reading Adventure. Reading Adventure runs May to August and is open to students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Students choose books from Huntington’s pre-selected book lists, which offer a variety of high-interest choices by grade level and reading ability. Each student receives a reading “passport” in which to record books as completed and make a few notes of what he or she learned and enjoyed about each book.
We know reading skills are important, but exactly why should parents be quick to address reading issues the moment they are identified? Don’t all students learn at their own pace? It’s true that every student has his or her academic strengths and weaknesses, and may pick up some skills more quickly than others; however, if your elementary student is reading below grade level or receiving report card marks that indicate under-performance, taking action is imperative. Ignoring a reading deficiency can set the stage for struggles for the rest of the academic year and beyond.
On March 2, 2018, Huntington Learning Center will join millions of teachers and administrators, higher education faculty, education support professionals, students, and members of the National Education Association (NEA) to celebrate Read Across America Day. This date also marks the birth of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss.
“Reading is a wonderful pastime for children of all ages, and one of our goals at Huntington is to help students become the best readers they can be so that reading becomes an activity of choice,” says Eileen Huntington, CEO and co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. “Parents can promote reading among teens by teaming up with educators and librarians to find ways to transform teens into lifelong readers. "
Huntington Learning Center encourages parents to nurture reading as a part of their teen’s life. Huntington offers a few tips to promote reading at home:
As students mature, they learn how to study effectively and build those ever-important test-taking strategies for high school. By the time strong students begin thinking about how to study for the SAT or ACT, they’ve acquired many of the subject skills they need to perform well, but a good SAT or ACT score is not a guarantee of college success. As Eileen Huntington, CEO & Co-Founder of Huntington Learning Center explains, high-achieving high school students often struggle to adapt to the rigors of college right away—especially when it comes to reading. “College is a whole new ballgame in terms of expectations and workload, and one of the biggest differences is the way students are expected to read and study material,” he/she says. How can students prepare for college-level reading? Huntington offers these tips:
Have you noticed that your child is capable of reading, but has trouble recalling what he or she reads, even immediately thereafter? “A few of the basics of good reading are strong decoding ability, recognition of high-frequency and irregular words, and good comprehension,” says Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. “Without these building blocks, a child will never achieve reading fluency and will likely always struggle with reading.” Luckily, Huntington says there are a number of things parents can do to help their children better comprehend what they read. Here are several tips:
It's important for students to be continually building up their vocabularies over time.
Solid reading skills are vital for success on many of the tests your child will take between Kindergarten and high school graduation - including the SAT and ACT. Students therefore need to possess a strong vocabulary and be confident in their ability to discern the meanings of many words. Here are some tips for building word power: