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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…

New Social Shopping Community



Post Your Product Finds, Share with Your Friends, Follow Other Users & Stores, Get Merchant Promos & Click to Buy - All from One Site




TORONTO, Aug. 19, 2014 / If you're tired of slogging through dozens of websites and apps in a quest for the coolest clothes, hottest accessories and hippest products from vegan purple hair dye to $37,000 Rolex watches, meet Bestie – your new shopping  BFF. This just-launched social shopping community lets you post your own faves, browse finds from other contributors, shop top brands from Nasty Gal to Nordstrom, share and comment on your discoveries, find merchant discounts ranging from 30-70%, and click to buy any item from the original seller – all from a single web or mobile app.
Available for iPhone and Android as well as online, Bestie is part fashion finder service, part virtual mall, and part social network for shopaholics.  Content is contributed by you, your friends and fellow community members; professional staff curators who are paid to unearth the Bestie of the best; and hundreds of top brands and boutiques like Bebe, Bloomingdale's, Etsy, FreePeople, Net-a-Porter, Shopbop and Victoria's Secret. Simply choose the users and stores you want to follow, and new posts from your favorites will then turn up in a one-at-a-time Instagram-style feed for easy scrolling and shopping.
Product, user and store recommendations are personalized based on your browsing behavior, product bookmarks, and established user and store preferences. Select "Most popular with users I follow" option from a dropdown menu of search options on the Bestie shopping page, and Bestie will serve up items that have been posted, saved or tagged by community members with similar tastes. (Into goth? No slip dresses for you!) Click on any product page, and the lower right corner will display suggestions of users and stores with common interests that you can add to your follow list with a click.
– your new shopping  BFF. This just-launched social shopping community lets you post your own faves, browse finds from other contributors, shop top brands from Nasty Gal to Nordstrom, share and comment on your discoveries, find merchant discounts ranging from 30-70%, and click to buy any item from the original seller – all from a single web or mobile app.

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