Educators across the globe are trying to solve the reading crisis. Efforts to improve 4th-grade reading scores seem to intensify every year, but improvements are rarely observed. Could it be that efforts need to target academic language?
If there was one skill that could positively impact many other areas such as reading, writing, and social development, wouldn't you want to teach it? Could oral storytelling be the key?
Oral storytelling is a bridge to literacy, yet many children do not develop this skill naturally.
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About 22 percent of school children in the U.S. speak no English at home. Starting school with limited or no English skills may make keeping up with reading and vocabulary challenging. However, there is an intervention program called “Bridge of Stories” that is helping to build these kids' language skills in both English and their home language.
A new study by Trina D. Spencer, Meghan Moran, Marilyn S. Thompson, Douglas B. Petersen, and M. Adelaida Restrepo, explored the degree to which a bilingual early intervention curriculum could enhance children's early literacy skills.