Thursday, June 26, 2014

How We Learn.......

Original Pen & Ink Drawing By Doug Ashby
While this image was created some time ago there has been much ado about the subject lately in the news. I am not sure if you have heard any of these earth shattering reports but it seems......if you can believe this, that science has proven once and for all that reading to your children is a good thing. Earth shattering information right. Sometimes I am amazed at what seems like new and relevant information. Honestly I thought this one was a no brainier.

The sad truth is that it is not. I started taking an interest in how kids learn to read back in September after listening to a few audio books that were recommend to me by a colleague. Seeing as reading is something I value in my life I wanted to know a little more about how we learn to do so. Honestly I can't remember learning cause I was very young. However, in the school I work in we are seeing an alarming increase in the number of fifth graders who simply can't read. This inability has a profound effect on their ability to succeed in school and subsequently in their future. So as a teacher I wanted to know more so I could better help our struggling students.

There are many different strategies of course and with what my school is witnessing it really is a large scale intervention that should take precedence over all other aspects of the curriculum. In truth though it really does boil down to a solid parent child relationship, where the parent reads to their children. And early on at that. It seems so simple but the act of having your child sit in your lap, a trusting position, and reading though a book is what it takes to set a good and lasting foundation. Also note that here actual books are important as the tactile experience for the child, simply touching and holding the book, is important. Again an example of our brainy hands at work.

This artwork depicts that relationship and it's significance. I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter so please do not hesitate to comment or get in touch via email.

Thanks and as always I hope you enjoy the efforts of my brainy hands,

Doug.