Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth

Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth

Reading to children, as well as talking and singing to them, is instrumental in increasing the number of words that they hear in the earliest years of their lives and in developing the necessary pre-literacy skills for school success. While some ambitious parents may read poetry or play Mozart to their children while still in the womb, research shows that many parents do not read enough to their children. Under a new policy, the American Academy of Pediatrics is urging doctors across the country to become powerful advocates for early literacy...

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Simplest advice for anyone trying to lose weight or eat healthy

Simplest advice for anyone trying to lose weight or eat healthy

Food fads come and go every day: cut out all sugar, eat like a caveman, go dairy-free, etc. That is why the best advice is to proceed with caution when listening to these so-called “experts.” In reality, healthy eating is painfully basic: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. With a mounting public-health epidemic in this country around obesity, diabetes, and other problems associated with unhealthy diet and sedentary living, this article sheds some light on the simplest advice for anyone trying to lose weight or eat healthy....

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Volunteering opportunities to keep students in school

Volunteering opportunities to keep students in school

According to a 2011 report by the National Center for Education Statistics, titled “Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States,” about 3.4 percent of students who were enrolled did not complete high school. Responsible citizens should consider what they can do to prevent these high dropout rates. Volunteering opportunities are the perfect way to get started. By getting involved, people not only help to build a financially stable nation but support others who are working toward a better life. Figure Out...

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Why literacy volunteers matter

Why literacy volunteers matter

When you hear the phrase “literacy volunteers” you may falsely assume that you are not qualified to be such a volunteer yourself. You may have no training in how to teach somebody to learn to read, but you can still make a difference in a child’s life by becoming a literacy volunteer. The skills they learn in their interactions with you are more than worth the time you invest with them. Here are a few brief reasons your willingness to serve youth as a literacy volunteer matters: – Simply reading to a young child...

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The benefits of mentoring

The benefits of mentoring

Mentoring makes a significant difference in a child’s future. Millions of young people live in situations without support and guidance from caring adults, putting them at risk for making decisions that undermine their futures and prevent them from living up to their potential. When you volunteer to become a mentor, you help young people plan for the future, develop important social skills and create brighter futures. Read this article about the benefits of mentoring young people. Then take the pledge to become a volunteer reader, tutor,...

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