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A popular television game show asked its adult Canada Goose sale contestants, “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” Despite the million dollar prize, typically the answer resounded as an embarrassing “No”.

For thirty minutes, educated viewers could be stumped canada goose coats on sale by the complex questions, all canada goose outlet new york city taken from elementary school textbooks. The snarky panel of ten year olds proved that they knew more than the grownups and the studio audience combined. Each contestant canada goose outlet store uk even selected one of the fifth graders for assistance, another humbling aspect to watch.

Although intended as entertainment, canada goose outlet shop the show validated the solid foundation of learning laid in the primary grades and proved canada goose outlet black friday the critical role of elementary teachers in any educational system.

It has been said that up until third grade, canada goose clearance sale children are learning to read. But from that point onward, they are reading to learn. Few would disagree.

Without strong reading canada goose outlet in usa skills at the elementary level, the problem continues into middle and high schools, where pupils become frustrated with streams of new vocabulary words required for future learning. These schools must offer intensive reading classes, specially trained coaches, summer programs and a comprehensive media center to improve reading scores.

Educators and parents recognize the importance of promoting canada goose outlet nyc literacy skills early. Moreover, the state declared canada goose factory outlet the week of January 26th as “, buy canada goose jacket Florida”. This annual event encourages teachers to explore creative ways to challenge students to read every day.

Like the experts advise, many adults read to their children from birth, filling shelves with Little Golden canadian goose jacket Books, the Berenstain canada goose outlet Bears and the brilliant rhymes of Dr. Seuss.

But despite those early efforts, sometimes reading suddenly canada goose outlet sale requires more effort and becomes less fun. In third grade, my daughter began to resist looking at books outside of school. After meeting with her teacher, we official canada goose outlet learned other parents had expressed goose outlet canada similar frustrations believed to be caused by the onslaught of pesky word problems in Math.

In an effort to motivate the class to enjoy reading again, the resourceful teacher created a contest. For each American Girl book read, the girls would earn a button. For ten or more buttons, they along with their moms would be invited to an American Girl tea party. The boys were offered an equally creative contest using superheros, so they too canada goose black friday sale read more books.

Legislation requires that third grade students must earn Achievement Level 2 on Reading to be promoted to the fourth grade. Educators believe that last year’s test increased in difficulty which cheap canada goose has resulted in additional pressure on teachers and students.

Encouraging our children to become lifelong readers in elementary school reduces the risk that they arrive in middle school without the skills to succeed.

Perhaps today’s fifth graders will continue to be smarter than the grownups, who forget so much by the time they have their own kids.

Maybe we could all benefit from curling up with a good book during.

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