• Hashtag - Language Article

     What is a hashtag


    Unless you've never been on the internet (impossible if you are reading this), you have probably seen the symbol # popping up in messages and in posts online.

    It used to be used to show a number, and was often known as the number sign, or hash. In North America it was also known as the pound sign, but not any more. The internet has changed all that.

  • Interesting Fact Question

    Where in England are children encouraged to read to dogs?


    Answer here

  • Let's Talk About It

    Articles for discussion in the Let's Talk about it session. 

  • Reading Strategy - Part One - Language Article

     Are you really reading

    Are you really reading?

    If you read every word on a page, are you really reading it? It might seem a strange question to ask, but the answer is even stranger: maybe you are, but maybe you're not!

    One definition of the verb ‘to read’ is, “to utter aloud written matter”.  By using this definition alone, of course you are reading, but there is another definition (there are several), which says “to understand or interpret”. After reading a page, if you cannot answer questions about the material you just read, you really just uttered the words out loud. Yes, you have shown you know how to say the words, but you also need to understand the author’s message behind the words. If you can do that, you know you are truly reading.

  • Reading Strategy - Part Two - Question Everything - Language Article

    Reading comprehension 

    Looking for clues

    If you remember from last month's article: ‘reading’ means understanding the author’s message, not just calling out words? If you cannot answer comprehension questions after reading a page, you have not truly read anything.

    There are specific reading-comprehension skills that will help you understand what you are reading. Whereas the last article focused on Main Idea, Predicting Outcomes, Inferences, and Fact or Opinion; this article will cover Context Clues, Cause and Effect, Drawing Conclusions, and Sequencing.

    When reading be sure to ask yourself questions that reinforce these comprehension skills.