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Paying Parents to Read to Their Children Boosts Literacy Skills

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…

The Key to Timeless Beauty

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- From "true beauty" ad campaigns to public outrage about doctored images of already thin supermodels, society understands the pressure women feel to be beautiful. But in an ever-changing world, how does one define beauty? Where does beauty begin?
Mother/daughter duo encourages women of all ages to trade the pressure of perfection for God's perfect love in 'Beauty Begins'Mother and daughter team Chris Shook and Megan Shook Alpha address the daily struggles that all women face when it comes to feeling beautiful in their forthcoming book Beauty Begins: Making Peace with Your Reflection (WaterBrook Press, March 15, 2016).
"In our society it is impossible not to feel inadequate at times," write the Shooks. "It's hard to make it through even one day without feeling insecure about ourselves! We don't have it all figured out, but we have discovered some practical ways to love the person God made us to be."
They surveyed hundreds of young women involved in the church asking them whether or not they would change something about themselves. An overwhelming 70 percent answered yes, and only 11 percent said "I'm completely content and at peace with my reflection."
In Beauty Begins, Shook and Alpha encourage women of all ages-daughters, mothers, grandmothers-to learn to achieve a healthy mindset about their bodies and their immeasurable worth. Writing from their personal experiences, they insist that it's never too late to begin conversations about what beauty truly means.
"When we begin to believe the truth of who we really are and who God made us to be, we'll be set free to feel beautiful. Our goal in writing Beauty Begins is to encourage all of us to stop believing the lies and to start living the truth."
About the Authors:Chris Shook is the co-author (with husband Kerry) of two New York Times bestsellers, One Month to Live and Be the Message. She and her husband founded Woodlands Church, outside of Houston, Texas. Her daughter Megan Shook Alpha, is a graduate of Baylor University and works as a pastor to students at Woodlands Church. For more information, visit www.BeautyBegins.com
Media Contact: Ryan Shook
rshook@wc.org, 281-367-1900
SOURCE Woodlands Church


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