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Gifted & Talented Education (G.A.T.E.) Overview


When I ask my students how many of them have read a book for pleasure in the past month, less than TEN PERCENT raise their hands. How can we ensure that our children are prepared for higher education?  By promoting reading. Reading builds vocabulary comprehension, improves writing skills, and increases reading speed. All types of reading are valuable; the key is that the child have access to material that is engaging and enjoyable for them so that they will continue to read joyfully and independently.

Hints to Encourage Reading

1. Make sure that your child sets daily time away from electronic devices to interact with the printed page.

2. Build a family library that includes books of all reading levels for each member of the household.

3. Encourage and accompany them to the library to select books that they like.

3. Select and buy books as gifts that you believe your child will enjoy.  Choose books of the appropriate reading level.  All books are valuable and improve reading speed and vocabulary.  Do not censor or attempt to distinguish between " good" books and "bad " books.   Any reading is better than no reading.

4. Turn off the television and model reading.


KJ Melander