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Research Told Through Comics

These friendly comics get the message out and sum the research up in a few words. Read on and learn more, one frame at a time.

The comics in this column have parents in mind as the audience. The frames take themes from literacy research and interpret them into quick ideas that can be put into place immediately into the lives of their children.

Parent Friendly Comics (read below, or follow the link to see everything).

Comics for Parents

  • Reading is Like Food For A Child's Growing Mind


    Feed your child's brain words by talking with them and reading to them.  Read and talk and discuss LOTS!  All those words are brain-food, so feed it plenty with high quality ideas as well as ordinary, everyday thoughts.  Because books use words differently than conversation or TV, reading is like the spinach of words: packed with extra power.
    Posted Nov 11, 2010, 5:40 AM by Beverly Koopman
  • Doctor's Orders


    Just like happens with their bodies, there are times when a child's brain grows more easily and more quickly than other times.  A child's brain learns new words easiest when it is young.  This is why it is important to start reading to your child when they are babies.

    Some doctors talk with parents about this during well-child visits, starting with babies.  If your doctor does not, ask.  Children who are read to and eventually become readers tend to be healthier.  The brain needs words and ideas. 
    Posted Nov 11, 2010, 5:40 AM by Beverly Koopman
  • Elementary Student Reading

    From third grade forward, the best students are reading an hour or more each day.  Week after week, month after month it adds up.  The best students keep reading more and more words, getting better and better at school.   They get more many more opportunities because they are ready for them.  Make certain that your child reads daily so he or she can also have the best opportunities. 

    The best students are reading many millions of more words than students who do not read daily.  Which future opportunities do you want available for your child? 



    Posted Nov 11, 2010, 5:41 AM by Beverly Koopman
  • Bugs Bunny Baby



    Posted Nov 7, 2010, 11:17 AM by Beverly Koopman
  • Reading Time is Cuddle Time

    Posted Nov 7, 2010, 11:19 AM by Beverly Koopman
  • Life Success
    Will reading solve every life problem?  Of course not!  But children who are readers tend to have lower risks for high school problems include reduced risks for: drug use, arrest, teen pregnancy, dropping out, suicide. 

    Daily journaling is also a very good way of helping deal with life problems.  People who journal everyday report overall better life coping skills and overall health.  It is good for kids and parents, alike. Read and Write daily.

    Posted Nov 11, 2010, 5:42 AM by Beverly Koopman
  • Invest in Education
    The more degrees you earn, the more money you'll generally also earn.  Earning a "C" average in high school, generally predicts college drop out.  So start early.  Reading daily helps build the background knowledge and self-discipline needed to score well in higher grades.  Read an hour or more daily.
    Posted Nov 11, 2010, 5:42 AM by Beverly Koopman
  • Escape Poverty with Education
    Education has been the way out of poverty for Americans throughout her history.  
    Work hard, but in the ways that will help the most.  

    What is the secret? 
    Early literacy:

    Read to your baby.
    Talk with your preschooler and share books with them. 
    Let your children have books to look through from an early age and keep books in their bedroom. 
    Help them become readers who love to sit for an hour or more a day with a good book as they grow older.
    Posted Nov 7, 2010, 2:11 PM by Beverly Koopman
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These comics have a decidedly academic slant.

 

Comics for the academically-minded:


Academic Research in Comics

  • The Achievement Gap: Issues of Access & Practice

    Actually, the number is ever so slightly higher than 100,000 words per year, but this number makes the math easy to grasp and demonstrates the magnitude of the problem that leads to a huge gap in achievement.


    In their entire educational careers, reluctant and non-proficient readers do not read as many words as our proficient readers are exposed to in a single year.  The gap between proficient and non-proficient readers grows with every day, every month and every year.  Early readers consume more books, but I was unable to find any research that attempted to estimate how many words children are being exposed to as they read picture books and early chapter books.  Ten years estimates student reading from eight years through eighteen years of age.  The estimates are rough, yet still profound taken from even the most conservative interpretation.



    Non-proficient readers miss out on building the background knowledge necessary to think more complex thoughts and the vocabulary building to be able to develop increasing control and precision over their speech and their ideas.  How can we help?  There is not just one need, but certainly getting more books into the hand of our children at earlier ages is an important step.  Children must be exposed to a lot of text, both in and outside of school, if they are to be able to make up lost ground (if they are behind) and be competitive for the best opportunities afforded the most proficient readers and most successful students.  Thus, it is an issue of access and equity, but cannot be accomplished without the cooperation of families.
    Posted Nov 7, 2010, 2:53 PM by Beverly Koopman
  • Graduation, Ninth Grade & Parent Education

    Reading proficiency and the presence of age-appropriate books in the home offset the effects of parent education and poverty.    The caveat that exists is this: homes that have an scarcity of books are often located in neighborhoods where books are rare, and an understanding by adults about how to create a culture of literacy is absent. 



    A survey of schools in 27 countries that included 70,000 students showed that the presence of books in a child's home makes a difference in the number of years a student will stay in school beyond ninth grade.  


    This provides a compelling argument for helping to find ways to set up libraries in the homes of our nation's poor children.


    Posted Sep 19, 2011, 5:56 PM by Beverly Koopman
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