Browsing my FB account this morning, I learned that today is National Family Literacy Day. As I helped create a Family Literacy Calendar when I was in graduate school, doing my independent study with the SC State Library, I know how important this cause is. Here is some more November information from that calendar. According to National Center for Family Literacy, “study after study shows that family, home and community are the true drivers of a child’s education. Consider: Children’s reading scores improve dramatically when their parents are involved in helping them learn to read. Low family income and a mother’s lack of education are the two biggest risk factors that hamper a child’s early learning and development.” This is the reason why it is so important for families to read together. The website has a lot of free resources for parents and teachers to use, such as the Celebrate Literacy Calendar, available in English and Spanish. They have “Tips to Make Learning Part of Your Daily Routine,” and an Activity Guide for Families.  If you need help finding literacy organizations in your local zip code, check out the National Literacy Database. Another great place to check out Family Literacy information, is International Reading Association or IRA. Their mission statement is to “promote reading by continuously advancing the quality of literacy instruction and research worldwide.” This is their website for parent resources on literacy.

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