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Why Is English So Hard to Read?

This article is part 9 of 10 in the column Simple Words

Learning to read does not happen as naturally or at as young an age as learning to speak.

Children need to intentionally work on literacy to master this skill. In addition, English is filled with inconsistencies, and these make the language more difficult for children with dyslexia to decode or encode.

If you are like the majority of native English speakers, you might not even be aware of these inconsistencies while you speak. But when it comes to reading and writing, these inconsistencies make English a tough language for learners and users.

 

What are these inconsistencies in English? Read more

How to Curtail Summer Learning Loss

This article is part 8 of 10 in the column Simple Words

Leave behind the morning routines, after-school activities, and weekend games: summer is here!

Forget about tears at school pickups and about meltdowns during homework. Now is the time to relax and enjoy the sun. But don’t throw the schoolbooks out the window just yet.

While summer break is an excellent time for all children to recharge their batteries, a long break from academics can result in learning losses both in reading and math. Read more

Local Nonprofit Helps Young Readers Go for the Gold

Philadelphia Reading Olympics photo

While athletes from around the world compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics, preparations for a much different Olympics are taking place in Philadelphia. Philadelphia READS, an independent nonprofit serving thousands of urban children, organizes an annual Reading Olympics that encourages kids to strengthen their literacy skills. Instead of the high jump or the 200-meter freestyle, kids read a list of assigned books and compete to answer Jeopardy-style questions that test their reading comprehension and analysis.

Philadelphia Reads LogoThe Reading Olympics is a creative attempt to solve a longstanding and intractable problem: getting kids reading at grade level by the time they enter fourth grade. Read more

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