To Improve Kids’ Reading, Harness Their Innate Inquisitiveness

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As students return to school this fall, Molly Ness Ph.D., has some advice for parents concerned about what their children read when they’re at home: Don’t worry.

“It’s ok to say to our kids, you can read a book that’s a little harder than what you’re normally comfortable with,” she says. “They’re getting a lot of books at school that they’re supposed to read, and so having home be a place where they can read a graphic novel, or informational text, is fine.”

In the podcast below, the associate professor of curriculum and teaching at the Graduate School of Education, walks us through “Think Alouds,” the topic of her new book, Think Big With Think Alouds: Grades K-5 (Sage, 2017).

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