I am an advocate (if there is something like this) of teaching practical reading skills. I am for making the children I teach lifelong learners, informed and eager to learn new things that will make their lives better.

Practical reading skills as part of a reading program (for me at least) include some of the following:

  1. reading news articles, online or with a real newspaper
  2. reading a menu, recipes, brochures, announcements, maps, manuals that include instruction manuals and even appliance parts online
  3. reading ad pages
  4.  reading two sides of an argument or controversial issue
  5. reading to follow instructions

Yes, it is good to be able to read literary pieces and enrich the mind but it is equally useful and beneficial to be able to have practical reading skills that will make lives better.

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