|Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read BOGO event helps parents raise readers.|
If you, dear Reader, would be so kind as to allow me stand on my proverbial soapbox for just a moment, I'd like to present my Top Reasons Why National Reading Day Deserves to Be a BOGO Holiday: (A word of caution: This list is a total "Debbie Downer" in the beginning, but, please, stay with me--the news gets better.)
- Reading aloud is the single most important thing parents can do to help their children with School Readiness, yet more than half of the children in this country will not hear a bedtime story tonight.
- Almost two-thirds of low-income Kindergarteners don't even own a single book.
- More than three-quarters of low-income students are behind in reading by the end of third grade.
- Children who are behind in reading in third grade are 400% more likely to drop out of high school.
- High school drop outs are considered unqualified to do 90% of jobs.
- They cost the US economy over one million dollars in lost tax revenue each year.
- Read every day with a child. Call it Snuggle Time, Lap Time, Cuddle Time, whatever. Reading aloud is one of the most satisfying ways we can bond with our children. I don't care if your children are in Middle School. Trust me. They may protest at first, but deep inside, your Seventh Grader will LOVE it!
- Be a reader yourself. Monkey See. Monkey Do. If your child sees you enjoying reading, he is going to grow up thinking it's a fun activity to do.
- Have books and reading materials available everywhere! In your child's room, in the car, on a tablet or smartphone. Your child can't become a reader if she doesn't have anything good to read.
- SPREAD THE WORD that Hooked on Phonics is going to help! After teaching more than 3 million kids learn how to read, we want to do more. We're calling it BOGO - Buy One - GIVE One.
--Julie Temple Stan