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  • MI: District gets physical with reading
    Summary: Combining an imaginative system for teaching reading with creative use of school facilities, transportation, and the Boys & Girls Clubs has provided this district with a successful formula for helping struggling students become better readers. Reading isn’t a quiet, sit-by-yourself-in-your-seat activity for students who attend after-school tutoring sessions at Wick and Merriman Elementary Schools in Michigan’s K–6 Romulus Community Schools . Sounds, letters, and words are munched, crunched, and pounced on as students learn with Body Phonics, a tactile and kinesthetic approach to reading. Everything is fair game as tutors use hand signals, storytelling, and picture drawing to sear the connections between sounds and letters—the base of

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