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Week of December 8-12

Why is Reading Important? Here are 10 Reasons...

1. Reading is fundamental to function in today's society. Filling out applications, reading road or warning signs, following a map, and reading the directions on medication are just a few of the tasks that require reading skills.


2. Reading is a vital skill in finding a good job. Many well-paying jobs require reading as a part of job performance. Reading reports and memos, research, and simple communications require these skills to be top notch.


3. Reading is important because it develops the mind. The mind is a muscle. It needs exercise. Understanding the written word is one way the mind grows in its ability. Teaching young children to read helps them develop their language skills and it also helps them learn to listen. Lack of listening skills can result in major misunderstandings which can lead to job loss, marriage breakup, and other disasters.


4. Reading is important because it is how we discover new things.


5. Reading develops the imagination.


6. In line with the above, reading develops the creative side of people.


7. Reading is fundamental in developing a good self-image. Nonreaders or poor readers often have low opinions of themselves and their abilities. Many times they feel as if the world is against them.


8. Good reading skills, especially in a phonics reading program, improve spelling and expand a person’s vocabulary.


9. We need to read and research to build on the good ideas and expose the bad ideas before they bring destruction. Ideas written down have changed the destiny of men and nations for better or worse.


10. Reading is important because words - spoken and written - are the building blocks of life. You are, right now, the result of words that you have heard or read AND believed about yourself. What you become in the future will depend on the words you believe about yourself now. People, families, relationships, and even nations are built from words. Think about it.


Credits: Glenn and Diane Davis, Reading Instruction Specialists, Reading Center in Prince George


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A Video Production Room is taking shape...

With the addition of the green screen curtain, video production lights, and an iPad tripod, the video production room is nearly ready for students to start their video creations for their school projects. Students will be able to bring in their own devices or use Mr. Finke's device which already has the green screen application. Stop by to check out the room or ask any questions you may have. We are excited to offer students the capabilities of making high-quality videos for their classes.
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