Motivational Monday...What If You Couldn’t Read?

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Motivational Monday...What If You Couldn’t Read?

 

Read Across America is one of my favorite days to celebrate because read across americait 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???

 

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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 

 

 

 

 

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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Kathy Streib - it is so important.  Rather than cards our daughter asked people to bring books for her baby shower.

Mar 02, 2020 10:23 AM #20
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Kathy those who are not able to read or read at a very low level are at a tremendous disadvantage in whatever they try to do, and very limited in opportunities available to them.

Mar 02, 2020 11:51 AM #21
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I have traveled oh so many wonderful places with my ability to read...

Happy Monday Kathy Streib 

Mar 02, 2020 01:39 PM #22
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My youngest daughter actually skipped the third grade and went directly into the 4th grade from 2nd.  I had reservations about that at first, because as you mention, the 3rd grade is so important.  However, she did really well.  She graduated high school at sixteen, and college at nineteen.

I've often thought mentoring programs and educational facilities for prisoners would help cut down on repeat offenses.

Mar 02, 2020 03:56 PM #23
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Life would be like a foreign language without the ability to read.

Mar 02, 2020 05:23 PM #24
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Wayne Martin I have a list an arm's length of books that Roy has recommended. I'm slowly making my way through them. 

Sham Reddy CRS you can always count on Will Rogers for a good quote. 

Donald Urschalitz it's really unthinkable. 

 

Mar 02, 2020 05:41 PM #25
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Michael Jacobs I get it. The link I included in my post about multitasking is an interesting article about reading and the use of gradient color. It makes so much sense. 

Barbara Todaro that's on my list. Here's what I'm reading...Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child- Crooked River

book

 

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Roy Kelley well I have a running list of books that you've recommended!!! I appreciate your sharing those with us. 

Kat Palmiotti I cannot imagine not being able to read. 

 

Mar 02, 2020 05:58 PM #27
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Nina Hollander one of my favorite things to do is tune out the world and read. 

Brian England it is sad to think of anyone going through life without being able to read. Even the basics of getting a job or reading a menu!

Kristin Johnston - REALTOR® I may be wrong but isn't your husband a teacher?  He really knows the importance of reading. 

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Hi Sheila Anderson I'm really glad you were hooked on reading even though it wasn't easy for you when you were younger. I love it when I see young people in the library. 

Krystin Mitchell, CPA CFE can you imagine how you would have made it as a CPA if you couldn't read. 

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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP I see too much lowering of the bar.  Instead of trying to catch young people when they're young and instill the joy of reading, they ask institutions to lower the bar and accept those who can barely read. 

Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI I agree. A good book and I must admit it's been quite a while since I've read cover to cover The Good Book. 

Mar 02, 2020 06:32 PM #30
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Carol Williams back in our day, not that much was known about reading disabilities or what to do about them. We have a good friend who is like your brother. After Viet Nam, he managed to begin his career as a hair stylist and go on to own 4 salons. And yet, he always wonders what he could have done if someone had helped him with this. 

Mar 02, 2020 06:38 PM #31
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel When I see a young person reading a book, I can't help but smile. 

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® what a small world!!!! I'm so glad to hear that you are working with Tristan to make reading fun and enjoyable. 

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Sharon Tara I bet he's looking forward to having you read to him!!!! 

Will Hamm that is so sweet!!!!  

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Grant Schneider what a wonderful idea!!!!  A friend I know would always include a book when she gave her nieces and nephews gifts. 

George Souto I so agree. Even in a job with minimum wages you have to be able to read. 

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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS I'll bet that you read to your grandchildren when you can!!!!!

Myrl Jeffcoat I don't know that for a fact but if you send them back out with no additional skills, they'll go right back in. I've always felt that if we do nothing else in school with our children, we need to teach them to read. 

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Sharon Lee that's an excellent point. If we had a book written in a different language, it would be like not being able to read. 

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Kathy you make such an awesome point, I am so grateful that I can read in three languages and grew up reading since I was less than six years old... scary how many decades ago that was, but it is wonderful to look back how many books I read in that time, Endre

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Morning Kathy.

I love to read special forces, spy, novels.  I have two more on the night stand waiting to be opened when I finish the one I'm currently reading.  My dad never made it through the third grade, he was self taught.

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Hi Kathy,  The importance of reading goes well beyond words.  This is an essential skill needed for almost everything in ones adult life.  I believe the earlier a child is read to, read with and listened to, the stronger the importance of reading is ingrained in them.

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