Strong Background Knowledge to Velcro Learning

I like to think of background  knowledge like velcro.  The more  we have, the more little stickery hooksvelcro we have to connect to our reading.  We understand what we read and remember it better.

All of us need a working knowledge of basic fairy tales, myths, and Bible stories to be able to be successful readers.  I also encourage parents to talk about current events at the dinner table, have their children watch shows on the  Discovery channel, rent historical fiction movies, and subscribe to magazines and newspapers.  Museum visits, travel, and virtual trips on the Internet also increase our background knowledge.

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