September is the month to highlight literacy and encourage children of all ages to read more. In our family, we make regular visits to the library and participate in reading clubs. I try to get “caught” reading and have a favorite comfy chair on our back deck. When our children were little, we always read to them at bedtime. Now that they are older (21, 17, and 15), we read books together and talk about what we liked (or maybe didn't like) about the story.
In North Carolina, State Superintendent June Atkinson is highlighting National Literacy Month and International Literacy Day today by reminding teachers and parents about resources available to help students use Lexile® measures to select books well-matched to their individual reading levels.
“Studies show that children who read outside of school—and who grow up in active reading environments—demonstrate improved literacy skills. But just as the same shoe size does not fit all children of the same age, not all children read at the same ability level”, says Atkinson.
Atkinson also marked the occasion by kicking off a book drive among NCDPI employees. Books collected in the drive will be donated to after-school programs coordinated by local Communities in Schools of North Carolina (CISNC) affiliates.
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The National Institute for Literacy, a federal agency, provides leadership on literacy issues, including the improvement of reading instruction for children, youth, and adults.
The National Literacy Directory launched in 2010 with funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. It is designed to help individuals find local literacy and education programs and GED testing centers in their areas. The National Literacy Directory contains over 8,000 educational agencies located across the United States. Another component of the directory is a toll-free number that individuals can call to get a local program referral.
National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) is now accepting applications for the 2011 Better World Books/NCFL Libraries and Families Award. The three $10,000 grants will reward, enhance and expand family programming in library settings.
Liza Weidle is the NC Mom Congress delegate and author of “The Truth about Parenting: Navigating the Elementary Years.”