1. Dear Me When I Grow Up: An Adventure in Inspiration

    child writing a letter to future selfIn a child’s mind, the world is a playground of possibilities. Their utopian aspirations allow them to grow up to become an astronaut, or a famous fashion designer, or to get married, have kids and live in a house with a white picket fence.

    Dreaming of an ideal or exciting future is part of the wonder of childhood, and so this imaginative age is the perfect time to help children realize that they have the power to affect their future.

    A wonderful and fun way for parents and teachers to encourage kids to explore what they’d like for their future to include is to have the children write a letter (or letters) to their future self. In it, have them describe their goals and aspirations and what they’d like their life to be like when they’re grown up.

    Here are some sample questions that children can use to start their brainstorming:

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  2. Can e-Books Be Bad for Reading Comprehension?

    Young Girl Reading a BookThey could be. A few recent studies indicate that e-books may negatively affect reading comprehension due to the very things that attract kids, including audio and animation. All of this interaction, The New York Times reports, can disrupt reading fluidity and interfere with reading comprehension.

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  3. For Future Success, Promote Reading Among Middle Schoolers

    Middle Schooler Reading a BookIt’s no secret: Kids who enjoy reading tend to experience academic and professional success. According to a long-term study conducted by the University of Oxford, kids who read for pleasure had a much higher chance of achieving a professional position as adults than non-book lovers.

    In fact, multiple studies conducted from the 1970s to today indicate that students that engage in programs that promote reading, such as summer reading programs, result in higher vocabulary scores and a narrowing achievement gap – even across socio-economic lines.

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