The world has come a long way since the times when only a select few were reading and writing. But we still have a long way to go.
In America, an estimated 32 million people are unable to read basic English. That’s about 14 percent of the country. A staggering 19 percent of U.S. high school students fall into that category, as well.
Bringing attention to the issue is one way to make things better. That’s why today, Nov. 1, is celebrated every year as National Family Literacy Day. The event, which started in 1994, aims to draw attention to the importance of strong reading skills.
At Infinite Energy, we know a lot of those skills are learned in the classroom. That’s why we’ve made education the focus of our corporate citizenship program. It’s our way of giving back.
But experts agree that the best readers learn a lot of those reading skills at home. Studies show that children who are read to at home (at least three to four times per week) have higher success rates as they begin school.
And as they grow, those same kids continue to do well as parents continue to stay involved, experts say. Letting children choose what they read and reading aloud together are great ways to do that. Talking about what’s going on in the story is another. And keep an array of reading materials around the house.
Show a child you enjoy reading, and he or she is less likely to see it as a chore and recognize it for what it is: a way to develop the mind.