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Reading a Book with No Pictures

How do you get kids interested in a book without pictures? Television writer and children’s book author BJ Novak (and hails from Newton, MA) has an answer: “Everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say, no matter what.” Watch how kids react…
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Early Reading Proficiency in the U.S.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has recently released a report on the current state of early childhood literacy in the United States. The report reveals that, “Although improvements have been made in the past decade, reading proficiency remains unacceptably low.” The Foundation goes on
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John F. Kennedy Remembered

November 22, 1963 I was 13 years old, goofing off with my friends in the school cafeteria. Suddenly, our principal spoke over the loudspeaker, directing all students to report to the auditorium.  After we all settled into our seats, he told us that President Kennedy had been shot. We
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The Importance of Early Literacy Intervention

Yesterday’s op-ed in the Boston Globe tackles the persistent gap in performance and graduation rates among Boston’s low-income, minority students. According to Dianne Luby, interim CEO of Horizons For Homeless Children, devoting more resources and focusing on early childhood education
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New Study Confirms Language Gap and Need for Robust Language Experience in Early Childhood

The well known correlation between socioeconomic status and early childhood language development was recently reaffirmed by Stanford psychologist Anne Fernald.  Fernald’s study was designed to test the vocabulary and object identification rate of children from both middle and lo
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Aging in America

According to the National Academy of Sciences, the average life expectancy continues to rise among the world’s wealthier nations…but at surprisingly different paces. The data suggests that the life expectancy of American men and women, that, while still rising, is beginnin
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Three BPS Elementary Schools Ranked “Dreamschools”

  The Boston Globe’s Dreamschool Finder, designed specifically for Massachusetts schools, utilizes data from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to calculate what schools would be best for your children and their interests. Along with MCAS Math and En
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The Boston Book Festival!

Check out the The Boston Book Festival on October 17th-19th! If you love books, interactive workshops, famous authors, and free festivals (who doesn’t?), then you certainly won’t want to miss the Boston Book Festival next week at Copley Square! The Festival brings together famous spea
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The Effects of Technology on Children’s Reading

With e-readers becoming more commonplace, the question on whether or not they are improving or impeding our children’s reading habits has long lingered. Thankfully, The Guardian has recently shed some light on the question with their recent review of a research report conducted by Nie
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Fred and Martha Smith: Recipients of the AARP Andrus Award

On September 23, 2013, Fred and Martha Smith, both volunteers at Generations Incorporated, were presented the AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service.  The Andrus award is AARP’s most prestigious volunteer tribute that recognizes outstanding individuals who are sharing their exp
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