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School Skills — for Now and Always

Cindy Scarr

You might think school is all about what’s called “the three R’s” (Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic), but there’s so much more to doing well in school! Here are just a few of the skills that help a boy or girl be successful in school. You might be surprised to find how many you’re good at! And these aren’t only school skills, they’re also life skills, tools we all need to be successful in life.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

 READING

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”

— Dr. Seuss, I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!

Reading can take you under oceans, across deserts, through jungles, and to the moon … all without leaving your living room. Some kids naturally love to read, and some kids don’t like reading at all. Many times it’s the kids who find reading easy who read a lot, and the kids who have trouble reading who don’t like it — like kids with dyslexia, for example. But everyone can learn to read; some of us just need a little more help.

 

WRITING

Just like with reading, some people start writing almost from birth, and some hate to pick up a pen. Most of us won’t be professional authors … but we do need to know how to write, to express what we’re thinking in words.

Almost every job uses writing — whether letters, advertisements, articles, speeches, instructions, even orders in a restaurant. Mandarin Chinese doesn’t use an alphabet; it uses a system of over 40,000 symbols. Imagine having to learn

 

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