Motivational Monday...What If You Couldn’t Read?
Read Across America is one of my favorite days to celebrate because it involves books and reading.
For those who’ve read this before, I apologize...when I graduated from graduate school I did psychological testing for a professor. Some of our testees were recently released from prison. Before I could administer any tests, I had to determine their reading level.
I was astounded when so many of them could not read at or above the third-grade reading level.
“Third grade has been identified as important to reading literacy because it is the final year children are learning to read, after which students are “reading to learn.” If they are not proficient readers when they begin fourth grade, as much as half of the curriculum they will be taught will be incomprehensible.” Annie E Casey Foundation
A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people. Will Rogers
Imagine what your life would be like if you could not read. First of all, you would not be here reading this! But what about getting (and keeping) a job? How could you read a menu or street sign?
To celebrate this and every other day, please consider encouraging any children or young people in your life to discover the joys of reading.
Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. Kofi Annan
Schedule trips to the library with them, find a book you both can read then have a book-themed party, work together to write a story...make reading fun!
What book(s) are you reading now???
Oh, the places you’ll go when you know how to read.
All the things that you’ll learn that can help you succeed. kgs