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Think those books the teacher is sending home with your kindergarten or first grade child are too easy? Before jumping to that conclusion, parents should understand that "easy" reading is a powerful learning technique, says a University of Maine literacy expert. "Our culture seems to think that if reading isn't hard, then the child isn't learning, " says Paula Moore, director of the Center for Early Literacy at UMaine's College of Education. Even when there's seemingly little effort, young children are doing plenty of work, according to Moore. They are working hard at one of the most important aspects of learning to read - practicing visual and motor coordination.


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