November is National Literacy Month

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by LittleBluestem, Nov 19, 2010.

  1. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Some facts, courtesy of The Literacy Site [] :

    World Literacy Facts:
    > One of every 5 people over the age of 15 is illiterate.

    > 64% of the world’s illiterate are women.

    > Nearly 60% of the children who do not attend primary school worldwide are girls.

    > Nearly one in three children does not complete 5 years of primary education, the minimum required for acquiring basic literacy.

    U.S. Literacy Facts:
    > In middle income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1, in low-income neighborhoods the ratio is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children.

    > Over 80% of preschool and after-school programs serving children from low-income families have no age-appropriate books for their children.

    > The National Center for Education Statistics' evaluation of No Child Left Behind reading proficiency scores in 2005 found that 36% of all 4th graders scored in the "Below Basic" proficiency level, and 54% of 4th graders eligible for school lunch program scored in the "Below Basic" proficiency level.

    Summer Reading Facts:
    > Children who read more books fare better on reading comprehension tests in the fall than those who had read one or no books over the summer.

    > Reading just 4 to 5 books during the summer can help prevent a decline in a child's fall reading scores.

    > Access to books exerts a positive and significant effect on summer book reading independent of other student activities.

    > By the end of 5th grade, low-income children are approximately 2.5 years behind their more affluent peers, primarily because of summer learning loss.

    People with chronic diseases often feel isolated and that they are no longer contributing to society. If you area still able to get out on a predictable schedule, volunteering as a literacy tutor or with a summer reading program could be a way to deal with this.

    The adult literacy program that I once tutored for allowed tutors to specify what days and what times of day they would be available. You do need to be able to show up consistently for tutoring sessions, since student are often taking time out of a busy work and child rearing schedule to attend. Of course, any tutor is going to miss an occasional session due to illness, medical appointments, etc. Most literacy programs are desperate enough for tutors that they will overlook if you miss a few more than normal. Your local high school, community college, or public library may have an adult literacy program.

    My mother has volunteered for the local public library summer reading program for preschool children. Another person read a book to the children and mother developed a craft project related to the book for the children to complete. If you are an arts and crafts person, your public library may need you.

    You public school may also have a program where adult volunteers come in and tutor/mentor at-risk students. Even if they don’t sponsor them, you public library and public school will likely know what programs are available in your community.[This Message was Edited on 11/19/2010]

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