STAR Read-Aloud Practices are based on the tenets of print referencing. Print referencing is an evidence-based technique that has been shown to increase children’s print knowledge. Print referencing has been implemented with varying intensity. More recently, researchers have sought to determine the recommended dose for print referencing. The results of various studies support a recommended dose of six teaching episodes during two book-reading sessions per week for 30 weeks, for a total of 360 teaching episodes.
STAR Read-Aloud Practices are based on print referencing and have been developed over two decades of research.
STAR Read-Aloud Practices are based on print referencing. Print referencing is an evidence-based read-aloud practice that is designed to boost children’s print knowledge. Although print referencing can help develop emergent-literacy skills for all preschoolers, these techniques have been shown to be particularly beneficial for special populations including children living in poverty, children with developmental disabilities, and children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
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