Five ways to “use it or lose it” during school breaks

“Use it or lose it!” Adults may have seen this adage on a meme about aging, or heard the advice from a sage physician. But the advice applies to learning, too— and especially what happens for some students during summer breaks.

It makes sense: We lose our skills at what we don’t practice regularly, and that applies to all the skills involved with learning. Research spanning back over 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of a summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of summer. 

The …

Back to Basics and Success Won’t Wait partner to provide 500 children’s books in “Reading is Basic” Title 1 program; Total now approaches 2,000 books!

In a joint venture between Back to Basics Learning Dynamics and the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait, 500 children’s books will be provided to Delaware children this fall through the “Reading is Basic” program. The program is coordinated by Matt McNeill, who is both a 10-year veteran volunteer for Success Won’t Wait and a Back to Basics’ student.

Launched in March 2011, “Reading is Basic” is a collaborative effort to make age-appropriate books available to local Delaware Title I students. Since 2011, almost 2,000 children’s books have been provided through the program.

Back to Basics services hundreds of Title …

Why it’s important to read aloud to young children!

According to the Family Literacy Foundation, reading aloud to young children serves several crucial functions:

“Studies prove that the most important thing adults can do in preparing young children for success in school and reading is to read aloud with them.

Many doctors believe that a child that has never had the experience of being read to is not a fully healthy child.  The American Medical Association has suggested that all doctors prescribe “reading to children.”

Reading aloud with children regularly is an extremely effective medium to build relationships and communicate with children.”

Since March is National Reading Month, we’ve …

April is National School Library Month

April is School Library Month, sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians, a division of ALA.  Every April school librarians create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student’s educational career.

Love to read? Thank your librarian today!

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Back to Basics Learning Dynamics launches “Reading is Basic Program” for Northern Delaware Title 1 students

Back to Basics Learning Dynamics recently announced the launch of its new “Reading is Basic Program.”  Currently, the company services over 150 Title I students from the Red Clay, Colonial, Brandywine, Smyrna, and Appoquinimink school districts for supplemental instruction.   Back to Basics will make over 500 age-appropriate books available to Title I students. Back to Basics’ teachers will distribute 2-3 books per student, which they can take home and keep.

“Since March is National Reading Month we felt that this was the perfect time to kick off the ‘Reading is Basic Program,’ explains Back to Basics Founder/Director Beverly Stewart. According …