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Happy International Literacy Day

September 7, 2018


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International Literacy Day is tomorrow! Did you know more than 30 million adults in the United States cannot read, write, or do basic math above a third-grade level? (Source: Proliteracy)

What’s more is that this statistic has multi-generational ramifications: Children whose parents have low literacy levels have a 72 percent chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves. (Source: National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)). In other words, children who grow up without learning to read successfully are highly likely to have children of their own who also struggle with literacy.

These statistics stress the need for comprehensive, developmentally appropriate literacy instruction in early elementary education. For children to succeed, schools need to provide teachers with the right professional development, tools, and resources to set their students up to master reading and writing.

The good news is that Learning Without Tears offers literacy solutions for young learners in transitional kindergarten through fifth grade! Our Building Writers student editions provide supplemental writing practice. Use these student editions during writing block as independent writing or as whole group practice to meet your students’ various needs. Students become versatile writers as they write about cross-curricular topics and practice three writing styles: narrative, information, and opinion. And, don't forget to try our sample lessons by grade!

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