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Friday, June 24, 2011

Out of Pocket

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Secrets of the World's Best School Systems - Newsweek

All over the world, your chances of success in school and life depend more on your family circumstances than on any other factor. By age three, kids with professional parents are already a full year ahead of their poorer peers. They know twice as many words and score 40 points higher on IQ tests. By age 10, the gap is three years. By then, some poor children have not mastered basic reading and math skills, and many never will: this is the age at which failure starts to become irreversible.

"How to Close the Achievement Gap" High-quality preschooling does more for a child’s chance for success than any other educational intervention. However, education starts at home, parent involvement means more to children than most parents understand. "The home is the child's first school, the parent in the child's first teacher, and reading in the child's first subject." ~ Barbara Bush What's your take?

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Room To Read Celebrates Year of Tens

Wow! Connect with something larger you! Literacy for all!

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Literacy Fact of the Day!

Fact of the day - If you read 20 minutes a day you will learn 4,000 - 12,000 new vocabulary words each year.

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Enrollment in Adult ESL Classes Rises in Southern States - Learning the Language - Education Week


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Enrollment in Adult ESL Classes Rises in Southern States

By Mary Ann Zehr on August 4, 2010 11:00 AM --> | No Comments

The enrollment of adults in English-as-a-second-language classes rose modestly in Southern states from 2005 to 2008, the Southern Regional Education Board says in a report released today. In the same time period, enrollment in adult basic education programs (which teach content for grades 1-8) decreased very slightly, and adult secondary education (which covers the content of grades 9-12) decreased by 6 percent, the report says.

The report, "A Smart Move in Tough Times: How SREB States Can Strengthen Adult Learning and the Work Force," urges Southern states to enroll larger numbers of adults in adult-learning programs, including ESL classes. The report contends that more programs need to be available for "undereducated adults" in the South who left high school prematurely and took jobs in factories or agriculture.

Participation of adults in ESL classes in 16 Southern states increased from 207,011 to 210,237, or 2 percent, from 2005 to 2008, according to the report. Florida serves more students than any other state in all three kinds of adult-learning programs featured in the report. It enrolls 41 percent of the Southern region's adults participating in ESL classes.




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While enrollment in Adult ESL classes are on a rise, Adult literacy classes have slightly decreased. We need all Adult literacy class attendance to increase. Do your part advocate education especially adult literacy within your community and within you spectrum of influence. The government's 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy estimated that 30 million Americans lack basic literacy skills.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Dyslexia defined and warning signs!

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge (Adopted by the International Dyslexia Association Board of Directors, November 12, 2002).


In Preschool

• delayed speech

• mixing up the sounds and syllables in long words

• chronic ear infections

• severe reactions to childhood illnesses

• constant confusion of left versus right

• late establishing a dominant hand

• difficulty learning to tie shoes

• trouble memorizing their address, phone

number, or the alphabet

• can’t create words that rhyme

• a close relative with dyslexia


In Adults

Education history similar to above, plus:

• slow reader

• may have to read a page 2 or 3 times to

understand it

• terrible speller

• difficulty putting thoughts onto paper

- dreads writing memos or letters

• still has difficulty with right versus left

• often gets lost, even in a familiar city

• sometimes confuses b and d, especially when

tired or sick


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How Family Literacy Helps! Education is the key out of poverty!

In 1997, the poverty rate among children under age 6 whose best-educated parent had:
less than a high school degree was 62.5%; 
a high school degree was 29.2%; 
some college was 15.2%; and 
a college degree was 2.8%.

Even in 1997 statistics report that poverty and literacy rates are closely related.  A family that obtains a college degree has positioned him/herself to provide a legacy of education within their family structure. Parents [Families] must place a high value on education and the privileges that acquiring it brings.  The privilege of opportunity, self-sufficiency, can you think of others?

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Consider The Whole Child!

The critical years for developing attitudes of self-worth are best enhanced by a learning environment that offers such opportunities in the home as well as in the school. Each child needs to progress at his own pace and style of learning through various stages. Encourage, but do not pressure, learning. Respect childhood and know that achievement must be met before a child will be ready to move ahead. Because all aspect of growth are interrelated, consider his intellectual, physical, emotional and social development. ~Author Unknown~

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

All Things Literacy!

Learning is Freedom!
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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Literacy = Access to books

"Reluctant" readers are often those who have little access to books.  How do you develop a love for something with little or no access?  Is this why our nations's literacy rates are poor?  Start today building a home library for your children, nieces and nephew, or grandchildren.  Need help getting started go FreshStart Literacy on Facebook to find out more!

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