Caring is Everywhere: The Importance of Children’s Literacy
I’ve been teaching for seven and a half years. I started teaching first grade and taught it for four years before moving on to my next endeavor as an elementary technology teacher. Now I teach special education pre-kindergarten students. But no matter what I have taught, one thing has always been extremely important to me. Children’s literacy. Caring is everywhere. Including the classroom. And I’ve come to discover that books are a wonderful way to show a child that you care.
Taking time out of a busy day to share a book with a child teaches so many lessons. Whether you tutor a child who is struggling with learning to read or just cuddle up with your child at bedtime, you’re sharing a love of reading. You’re also showing a child how much you care about them.
Some of my favorite organizations are ones that are focused on children’s literacy and providing books for children in need. Children growing up in lower income areas often have less access to written materials so these programs are extremely important.
- R.E.A.D. for Houston – R.E.A.D. for Houston is a volunteer organization that provides books to children in need. They collect books from donations and distribute them to local literacy programs.
- Houston Center for Literacy - While children’s literacy is one of my passions, I strongly believe in the importance for literacy at any age. The Houston Center for Literacy is focused on adult literacy in the Houston area. HCL supports literacy programs around the city and connects learners with the education they need to raise the low literacy rates in the area.
- Reading is Fundamental - RIF is the nation’s largest nonprofit children’s literacy organization. It’s dedicated to encouraging and supporting children’s literacy by providing free books and resources to children and families in need. Their goal is to support a literate America where all children have access to books and can discover the joy and magic of reading.
And each and every teacher in this country who shows up to work ready to reach out to our children. My colleagues and all of those I have never met, are truly inspirational to me. Together with amazing parents, we can open the world of literacy to our children and enrich their lives.
How do you show children in your life that caring is everywhere?
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