September is National Literacy Month – 3 Ways You Can Enable an Eager Young Reader
By Eric Steckel | September 1, 2022
3 Ways You Can Enable an Eager Young Reader
September is here, and we are eager to celebrate National Literacy Month and UNESCO International Literacy Day on September 8th. This year’s theme is “Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces.” The focus globally will be on rethinking the fundamental importance of literacy learning spaces to build resilience and ensure quality, equitable, and inclusive education for all.
Literacy is crucial for a child’s future academic success and quality of life. It not only enriches life through the wonder of reading a good story, but it also supports essential learning opportunities for developing critical life skills.
Literacy not only enriches life through the wonder of reading a good story, but it also supports essential learning opportunities for developing critical life skills.
The pandemic has left thousands of elementary school children in Oakland struggling to read at the most basic levels. Many lack solid phonemic awareness—the fundamental skill required to sound out and understand words on their own.
Here are a few ways you can enable an eager child to learn and love to read!
- Encourage a young reader. Read a book with a child, help them select a good book to read independently, or take them to the library. Research demonstrates that children become readers when they are supported in their own efforts to learn to read, are saturated with age-appropriate books, and are encouraged by positive role models. Small acts like these help an eager kid discover the magic of reading.
- Donate a new or lightly used book to a community book drive. Many children and families have little access to books they can call their own. However, recent studies show that children who grow up in homes with books benefit in “later academic achievement, attainment, and occupational standing.” Pride of ownership in books has a long-term impact on children’s attitudes toward reading.
Become a literacy tutor today! There is no better way to enable a young child to read than to become a literacy tutor. Children Rising makes it simple. We train you and provide you with all the tools you need to confidently tutor a child. And we place you with an eager young student and support you on-site. Best of all, the relationship you develop with the child you tutor is priceless.
Children Rising developed the Succeeding by Reading program to address the literary crisis in our public schools most affected by poverty, violence, and educational inequity and close the academic achievement gap one student at a time. We encourage you to celebrate National Literacy Month by helping a child learn to read and rise to her God-given potential in elementary school, middle school, high school, and in life!