Literacy is the ability that allows us to both read and write and is essential in order to fully developing our educational, well-being and also to improve our communication skills with others. Children who are confident readers are known to perform much better in school, have a positive and healthy self-image, and will often become lifelong learners, which adds to their viability in an increasingly competitive world.
Experts have estimated that approximately 40 percent of U.S. 4th graders are not capable of basic levels of reading proficiency. The sad reality is that these children who lack in literacy skills may never fully participate or adapt correctly in American society. Their employment prospects will be low and the chance for antisocial behavior may increases.
The current literacy rates in the US.
According to a research study which has been conducted in late April of this year by the National Institute of Literacy and U.S. Department of Education, the study highlighted that an incredible 32 million adults who lived in the U.S. are unable to read. That is an astonishing 14 percent of the United States population. 21 percent of adults who live in the U.S. also read below a 5th-grade level, and a frightening 19 percent of high school graduates are also unable to read.
- 2/3 of students who are unable to read proficiently by the completion of 4th grade are more likely to go to jail or be placed on welfare. Over 70% of America’s prison inmates are unable to read above a 4th-grade level.
- 1 in 4 children in America will grow up without the ability to read.
- Children who are unable to read proficiently by the 3rd grade are up to four times more likely to dropout from school.
The ongoing effects for illiterate children.
An incredible fifth of teenagers who leave school are both illiterate and innumerate, so much so that they are incapable of dealing with common everyday challenges, such as handling documents, reading books and even understanding some of the most simplest of things.
17% of 16 to 19-year-olds are functionally illiterate which means they are unable to deal much more than simple straightforward questions. In a recent study, researchers discovered that it’s incredibly unlikely, or near impossible for this percentage of children to understand allusion and the concept of irony. Their reading standard is below or similar to an 11-year-old’s.
When and how to improve literacy skills?
Literacy skills should be worked on during the early stages of your child’s life, all the way into school and beyond. There is no better time to work on your child’s literacy skills than right now and parent’s shouldn’t wait until their child goes to school in order to start learning. As a parent, you have many daily opportunities to work and learn with your child and help them develop their literacy skills before they even enter a classroom, thus giving them a headstart in their curriculum.
There are also great resources online that can provide your child with valuable learning material such as:
For more information on literacy strategies you can use to help your child kickstart their learning, why not visit:
And let’s not forget the countless reading material for parents that can be found right here on our site too! Why not check out our blog for more information?
Subscribe to our Newsletter Today and receive your FREE eBook 'EMPOWERING THE CHILD' How to Encourage, Strengthen and Nourish Your Child with these Powerful Concepts
Our Quarterly Newsletter and FREE resources will keep you informed and up to date.