According to the Global Monitor Report (2007), 780.66 million adults around the world are illiterate. We should be concerned about finding solutions. Lack of literacy skills often leads to poverty and crime. In our current worldwide economic crisis we cannot afford not to be concerned. If a child struggles with reading, then the child will also struggle with learning. It is important we instill a love for reading at an early age at home and in schools. One way is to read to children. What are other ways can you think of to encourage literacy?
That is why this past Wednesday on the #PTCHAT educators, parents, principals, and other stakeholders shared their thoughts on how to encourage literacy in the home and at school.
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Parentella: Literacy is the number one way to ensure a great life and the ability to learn anything.
eshwaranv: Literacy is independent of age. Anyone can and should constantly engage themselves in this pursuit.
literacydocent: It seems too simple but we need to read with and to are kids…at home AND in the classroom! Read aloud everyday no matter what grade.
stressfreekids: @literacydocent I agree. I still take turns reading out loud with my middleschooler
GaryBrannigan: The question for me depends on how one defines literacy, narrowly or broadly
LAMHRainbow: Often a child’s name can be a gateway to literacy exploration and learning!
MrDs_Nabe: For me, literacy is the ability to use the English language in multiple forms
NoVaLibraryMom: Allowing independent choice is important, too. Whether that’s graphic novels, or magazines, audio. Literacy is more than books.
cybraryman1: My Literacy pagehttp://bit.ly/bZ694H! Parents have to model. When children see parents reading then discussing what they read it will hopefully encourage children
readtoday: When a child crosses the threshold and can’t put a book down that is the best day in a parent’s life
lornacost: reading online is just as important as paper books. it is a skill to stay focused
ColinTGraham: I remember radio being very important as a child. Being read to/attentive listening can be just as powerful for imagination/reading
Parentella: Model good reading habits for your children to see and let them see you read for fun.
Parentella was created to solve the issue of parent and educator communication at elementary, middle school and high school levels. As part of this mission, we are hosting weekly #PTCHAT discussions to encourage a productive dialogue between parents and educators. We hope you will join us Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST.
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