World Read Aloud Day is February 24, 2016. This global initiative “calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories,” according to LitWorld, the founder of the event. To help you celebrate this exciting day on a local scale, here are six ideas to get you started: Read More »
February 24 is a big day for books. It’s World Read Aloud Day, a time when people from all over the globe celebrate the power and importance of reading out loud. While voices from all corners of the world are reading, Mass Literacy will be making a difference too – and we need your help. On February 24 we are hosting a 24-hour Online Giving Challenge.
Help us continue to fund critical literacy education initiatives that give babies, children and adults the tools they need to read by making a gift to Mass Literacy. Our goal is to receive 100 donations during the challenge, and we can’t do it without you. Read More »
In the hopes that we can keep reading at the forefront of whatever changes we might have planned for a new year, I’ve been thinking about how I can improve my own reading life as well as those of my high school English students. Here, I offer a few suggestions about ways we might consider jump-starting reading, nurturing younger readers and sustaining a love of literacy. Read More »
“Thanks to Mass Literacy, it’s been a TOUCHDOWN year!”
Jean Ciborowski Fahey, PhD, a 2014 Mass Literacy Champion, provides the perfect example of the successful impact, outreach and growth that can come from a spark of motivation and continued hard work.
Jean is the Director of The South Shore Hospital Reading Partnership, a program that promotes early literacy starting from birth, and the author of Make Time for Reading: A Story Guide for Parents of Babies and Young Children. While Make Time for Reading can be read as a picture book to babies and young children, the book also acts as a learning tool for parents on how to encourage literacy in their home. Jean received a Mass Literacy Champion award to fund the translation of her book into Spanish, extending to Spanish speaking families her mission of creating a strong foundation for early readers. Since being granted the award, opportunities continue to arise for her in places she never expected.
Learning how to read sight words is one of the first steps in early literacy. Much of printed text consists of the same 100 words used repeatedly – words such as a, like, to, in, the, and so on. Years of research has been conducted on the most common words across children’s and adult literature. Many of these words are nearly impossible to “sound out,” and because of this, readers need to learn them by memorization or “sight.” When an early reader has memorized sight words and can recognize them automatically, they spend less mental energy trying to sound out every single word. They become more fluent, confident readers. One of the most essential ways to help your young reader be successful is by continuing to practice and master sight words. Read More »