Tag: research


Get your six-year-old reading

A mom came up to me in the schoolyard this morning. She said she wanted some help getting her child reading. Her son is six years old and in grade one. He’s frustrated because he’s not picking up reading a bit faster – so he’s clearly motivated to read. I […]

Learning theory

Trampoline – for your brain

Want to create a smart reader? Get your child on a trampoline. According to brain researcher Bernadette Tynan, trampolines are so good for the brain, “even NASA astronauts use it to boost their brain power.” Trampolines improve your meta-cognative ability – your ability to “think about thinking.” That’s because on […]


Don’t tell your kid that reading is hard

Life imitates art – er, blog. My last post* cautioned parents not to tell kids that reading is hard because, “kids don’t know something is difficult until you tell them it is.” I was talking to Mary in the schoolyard today, and she told me a real-life story that illustrates […]

Reading theory Research

A brilliant TV series

Make your child brilliant. One of the inspirations for this blog was a TVO series called Make your child brilliant, which I saw last year. It’s airing again on TVO starting on Sunday, May 24, at 8 p.m. It’s a documentary featuring a woman in the UK, Bernadette Tynan, who […]

Reading theory Research

Reading gets easier

As kids learn to read it becomes, quite literally, easier for them. Younger children exert more effort and have to activate more of their brain. As children get older, and read better, they can use less effort, and less of their brain’s real estate, to understand what they’re reading. To […]

Reading theory Research

The three main factors

Your attitude shapes your kids’ attitudes. Researchers recorded years’ worth of everyday interactions across a wide range of families. They discovered three main factors that predict whether a child will be a successful reader. 1) Parents’ attitudes about readingEven in communities without bookstores or libraries, if the parents showed children […]