The Key to Success
Literacy is the ability to read and write, and it should be near the top of the concerns list for every American. Here's why.
Literacy is the number-one predictor of a child's ability to succeed in school. Studies show that children who haven’t learned basic literacy skills at the time they start school are up to four times more likely to drop out in later years. The majority of kids who read below grade level in first grade will most likely still read below grade level in the fourth grade and may never catch up.
Low literacy is the socio-economic factor prison inmates have most in common, according to the Educational Cyberplayground website.
More than 30 million Americans have reading skills below basic literacy levels according to the National Center for Family Literacy,
It is crucial that children master early literacy skills before they enter school. Those skills include recognizing the letters of the alphabet, understanding that books in English are read from left to right, and being able to comprehend and tell stories.
Here are some simple suggestions for improving literacy in your circle and your community.
Read books every day. Let people see you do it. You may be a role model to your child, your niece or nephew, or some other individual in your family or circle of acquaintance.
Talk about reading. Ask questions about what the individuals in your life are reading. You could even become a reading tutor or reading teacher for a literacy program in your community.
Read to a child. Reading to a child three times a week makes them twice as likely to score in the top 25% of their class in reading. This means they'll be more likely to graduate high school reading on grade level or higher.
Use your library. Great River Regional Library provides toddler times and children’s story times to encourage early literacy skills and a love of reading, and has books available for all reading levels.
Supporting and using your library means supporting literacy efforts in America.