While more children are in school today than ever before, many are not learning sufficiently in the subject of reading. Half of all low-income fourth grade students score below basic levels on literacy assessments. More than 67% of low-income families can’t afford to have books in their homes. The goal of Literacy Boost is to help change the culture of reading both in and out of the classroom.
Know their ABCs
Sound out words and letters
Read and understand sentences
Keep students engaged and interested in reading
Help young children focus and pay attention
Use games, songs, and other fun activities in lessons
Sponsoring drives for books and teaching materials
Sponsoring camps and offering tutoring and other learning activities
Organizing workshops to provide parents with literacy education
Reading Aloud helps children acquire early language skills and is recognized as the single most important activity leading to literacy acquisition. Reading Aloud builds word-sound awareness in children, a potent predictor of reading success.
Reading Aloud helps children develop positive associations with books and reading. It encourages children to form a positive association with books and reading later in life and has proven to help children cope during times of stress and tragedy.
Reading Aloud helps children build a stronger foundation for school success. Difficulty with reading contributes to school failure, increasing the risk of absenteeism, juvenile delinquency, substance abuse, and teen pregnancy, all of which perpetuate the cycle of poverty and dependency.