Some say that a high  school diploma is fraudulent because a large percentage of graduating students are not reading or writing up to grade level. This is why up to 50% of entering college students must take remedial English classes. Think about that. If a student can’t read or write with understanding after high school, how can they do well in college or in life?

This is a disgrace to our educational system. How can we possibly defend these outcomes?

Start teaching your children early…..get the book



Language Skills

Language and verbal skills are very important for a child’s reading ability. In order to enlarge them a parent must engage in a lot of conversation with your child.  In expressing themselves, a child demonstrates his knowledge and ideas, what is on his mind, and how he sees the world. This can be very instructive and also very amusing as the chatter goes on. But also important is their use of vocabulary. A child must become familiar with language in order to create an ever expanding reading foundation.

While you two read books, please ask her questions about it…What do you think will happen next? What is your favorite character in this story? Is this an interesting book for you? Why? Do you like stories about animals or people? etc.

And keep the chatter going here and there on whatever level is appropiate. Acknowledge them, get on their physical level as you speak with them, take their comments seriously, …really!…is that what you think or how you feel? I like that, or  I never thought of that before…very good. Sit on the bed with them, and just play and talk. Talk to their animals on the bed. Play cards (UNO is a good one,) and just visit with them as you play. Have a daily card champion. Enjoy his company, and he will enjoy yours. Read the cereal boxes together. Look at the clouds and the birds outside…whatever interests him as his vocabulary is expanding. He will later recognize these words in print.

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Childrens’ Literacy

For a child to not be able to read has terrible repercussions. Without proficient reading skills, a child cannot participate in our work, economic or civic lives. Lack of literacy skills robs a person and also our nation of the good work of each citizen, and is one of the causes of social unrest and inequality. I feel that it is the birthright of every child to be able to read no matter his or her background or I.Q. What has taken so long to fully understand this? Poor statistics show that there is still a very big misunderstanding of this challenge, and what can be accomplished.

What can be done about it? How can you make sure that your child fully understands the process of reading? The answers are many. Parents teaching their children at home by their side is my preferred way where the parent knows full well their skill levels and how to advance them in a very easy manner. And there are other resources such as preschool attendance where reading is emphasized, the parent demanding higher teacher quality and lower class size, quick intervention for struggling learners, summer school, tutors, and a very important factor is for a mother and the family to be fully aware of the benefits of literacy and the value of an education.

Not everyone values or even understands what the value of an education or what high achievement can really mean. Big Problem, and I don’t have an answer for this one! I do remember one high school teacher say on the first day of class as he held up two pictures. One was of a trailer and a beat up car in a not so good part of town, while the other one was of a nice house and a nice car. Which one do you want to live in, he asked. The class all said the nice house and car. O.K. good. Well pay attention to what you learn here because this is what will get you there. A very worthy, pointed and practical reason for education.

Take a big look here…