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Read-Aloud Handbook - Intro online

"the single most important activity"
"The 1983 Commission on Reading made two important declarations in its final report: 1) "The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children." and 2) "It is a practice that should continue throughout the grades." ... The experts were saying reading aloud was more important than work sheets, homework, book reports, and flash cards. One of the cheapest, simplest, and oldest tools of teaching was being promoted as a better tool than anything else in the home or classroom— and it's so simple you don't even need a high school diploma in order to do it."

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