Why children need regular encounters with reading aloud

By Carole Bloch, March 2013 Socrates told us that all thinking begins with wonder. Nobody would dispute the need for developing thoughtful citizens, but just how do we develop a sense of wonder in children? Through stories, of course! The 6th of March is World Read...

Brain food for growing minds

Carole Bloch, Mail & Guardian, 27 February 2015 In South Africa, most of the adults who spend time with children in their various capacities as parents, teachers, care­givers, adopters or custodians, do not regularly read aloud to them. And even if they do, with...

Q&A with Carole Bloch

Nic Spaull, 29 March 2015 The aim of the Q&A series is to get an inside look into some of South Africa’s leading education academics, policy-makers and activists. This is the twenty-third interview in the series. Carole Bloch is Director of PRAESA. (1) Why did you...

Are we teaching reading wrong?

Grethe Koen, City Press, 26 July 2015 With our schools buckling under the weight of too many children and too few resources, Grethe Koen looks into the South African civil organisations teaching our kids how to read. It received precious little mention in our media,...

Listening the first step to reading

Carole Bloch, Mail & Guardian, 11 September 2015 In his insightful book, The Rights of the Reader, Daniel Pennac comments: “When someone reads aloud, they raise you to the level of the book. They give you reading as a gift.” People who love reading know the...

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