Homeless kids celebrate literacy, too!
Research shows that reading to children and creating interactive experiences with books is central to a child’s future reading success. In fact, reading books to young children is not only one of the best activities to stimulate language and cognitive skills, but also builds their motivation for reading along with curiosity and remembering what was read. As reported by the National Center for Educational Statistics, “20 minutes…of daily reading beyond the regular reading program significantly increases student reading achievement.”
This week, January 23-27, 2012, the Department of Education’s Just Read, Florida! and the Florida Office of Early Learning are partnering for the fourth annual Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! The intent of the weeklong celebration is to promote the enjoyment of reading for children and adults of all ages. The theme of Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! 2012 is “Take the Lead and Read!” This represents the idea that administrators, teachers, students, and parents are all leaders and can take the challenge to lead others toward success.
The kids at Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida are no exception to this week’s celebration. As an agency that provides services to more than 250 children a night, early literacy is extremely important to us. The youngsters in our fully licensed daycare and VPK classroom have been “reading” Chicka Chicka 123 with their teachers in order to do their part in racking up minutes for the state-wide initiative’s Million Minute Marathon. In addition to keeping track of the time they’ve spent reading, our tikes are truly interacting with this year’s designated book by participating in several fun extension activities related to the story.
Check out the Celebrate Literacy, Florida! 2012 event and activities to find out exactly what the Coalition kids have been up to this week!