Posted on Sep 26, 2019
The statistics shared by Rich Rosen are compelling:  Two-thirds of students who cannot read beyond the 4th grade level will end up in jail, or on welfare.  It is  what they know about reading and writing before they reach school that significantly determines how their reading skills will develop.  Rich reviewed the four components of early childhood literacy that prepare children:  letter knowledge, being interested in books, vocabulary, and narrative skills.  He stressed the importance of adults reading to children to help develop these skills and noted that this is the big literacy challenge that we all need to address.  As the literacy chair for District 6440, Rich is not promoting a particular literacy program, but asking all clubs to consider how they can find ways to engage parents and adults to read to young children.