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International Literacy Day: Tips for Teachers and Parents

September 8, 2023

by: LWT staff

5 minute


Hold onto your bookmarks because it's that time of the year again – International Literacy Day! Get ready to dive into the captivating world of words, embark on a thrilling reading journey, and help make a difference through the magic of literacy.

Before we take a deep dive into the fun stuff, let's pause for a moment to appreciate the astonishing power of literacy. Did you know that reading and writing are like the keys to a treasure chest of knowledge, creativity, and endless possibilities? They're superpowers that can change lives and illuminate the world.

Let's Talk Literacy Numbers

Now, let's shed light on some striking statistics that highlight both the importance of literacy and the challenges we face:

  • More than 30 million adults in the United States still struggle with basic reading, writing, and math skills. (Source: ProLiteracy)
  • Shockingly, children whose parents have low literacy levels have a 72 percent chance of also experiencing reading difficulties. (Source: National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER))
  • Within the last three years, the average reading score among fourth-grade students has steadily declined across all regions of the country—the lowest since 2005. (Source: NAEP)

These numbers emphasize the urgent need for us to champion literacy, especially in the early stages of a child's development. Teachers and parents, you hold the keys to unlocking a world of literacy for our young learners.

Practical Tips to Celebrate International Literacy Day

Tips for Teachers:

1. Exciting Storytelling: Capture your students’ imagination by engaging them in captivating narratives. Use props, act out story scenarios, or simply find visually striking books to help get your students in the zone. Our Decodable Phonics Books are perfect for K–3 readers taking the first steps in their literacy journey. 

2. Literary Challenges: Spice up your classroom by organizing intriguing reading challenges with enticing prizes. Create a warm and inviting reading nook filled with thrilling books to keep your students eagerly anticipating their next literary adventure.

3. Hands-on Activities: Infuse your lessons with literacy-themed games and interactive activities. You'll find all the tools you need to make learning fun in our Individual Student Manipulative Pack, which includes a variety of resources to enhance the learning experience.

Tips for Parents:

1. Family Reading Night: Transform reading into a family bonding experience by dedicating an evening to it. Gather in your cozy reading nook, take turns reading aloud, and engage in discussions about the story. It's not just about reading; it's about creating lasting family memories with books that make an impression.

2. Storytelling Time: Encourage your child to unleash their creativity by crafting their own stories. Provide colorful markers, paper, and heaps of inspiration. Who knows, you might have a budding author under your roof!

3. Library Adventures: Plan a family outing to the local library. Let your child explore and choose books that spark their curiosity. Many libraries host special events and reading programs for kids too.

Educators and parents seeking valuable literacy resources, Learning Without Tears is here to help! Check out their remarkable programs, such as Building Writers, which provides young learners with engaging writing practice. It's like a literary adventure in a book!

So, whether you're a teacher shaping young minds or a parent nurturing the next generation of readers and writers, International Literacy Day is your golden opportunity to make words come alive.

Remember, literacy isn't just about reading and writing; it's about dreaming, exploring, and unlocking the secrets of the universe—one page at a time. Grab your favorite book, snuggle up with a cozy blanket, and let the adventure begin—Happy International Literacy Day!

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