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Paying Parents to Read to Their Children Boosts Literacy Skills

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers have found a surprising way to help boost the skills of children with language impairment: Pay their parents to read to them.  A new study tested four techniques to get parents or other caregivers to complete a 15-week literacy intervention for their children with language impairment.  Only one of those techniques – paying parents 50 cents for each reading session – led to children showing significant gains in reading test scores, findings showed.  “We were somewhat stunned to find that paying parents had this strong effect. We didn’t anticipate this,” said Laura Justice, lead author of the study and professor of educational psychology at The Ohio State University.  The other three techniques tried in the study were offering positive feedback to the parents, offering encouragement, and modeling to parents how to read in a way that improved children’s literacy skills.  None of these three was helpful, and offering feedback actually had a slight…

Halloween!


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by
F Guzzardi

I would like to reassure all fervent Catholics and Christians and all the current and species (especially in Europe), that the Halloween party has nothing of satanic but it is comparable to the Italian carnival or  in other places to the world, and among other things is a party inspired by the   Christians communities .I brighten well the anti-American at all costs, that are spreading false information about the import of this festival in Europe as a symbol of American domination: it is a celebration of Irish origins.

That said .. I would go back several years ago `, in my beloved Sicily celebrating the dead at this time (not sure if celebrating yet) and they used to give gifts to children just like to Halloween. Even that was a day of celebration inspired by the Christian communities .... amen.

Of course, like all traditional festivals, Halloween is also one day more commercial than anything else. You buy pumpkins,( that are reusable to prepare a great soup) gifts for children, chocolate, cakes, candy and bring the children's in costume around the neighborhoods where knocking at every door are offered sweets. While not quite Americanized, I have to say that the thing does not bother me, indeed it is also a time to get acquainted with neighbors that otherwise we see only in passing during the other days. So a day of celebration reminiscent of ancient traditions (European), which are, however, is totally stripped of their religious significance Catholic Celtic, to take a little bit is what happened to the Christmas (another Christian Pagan feast) where Santa has replaced Jesus Christ

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