Emily here! In case you haven’t heard, International Literacy Day is today! When I realized this earlier in the week, I spent some time thinking about all that literacy can mean for a person. First, I went to the the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and found this definition:
Personally, I think of literacy as an even broader concept and felt it was important to find out what others thought so I could serve our students and families better. So I posed the question- “What does literacy mean to you?” to friends, family, colleagues. Here are some of the responses I received:
From these responses I realized that my community believes that as educators and parents, we must not only help our students gain the skills needed to be proficient readers and writers, we must also know what our students interests and future career aspirations are so we can help them build the knowledge necessary to be successful.
You are probably now wondering- so what do I do with this information? What can I do to help my child build literacy skills? I’m glad you asked! Here are some quick and easy ideas:
Try some of these activities and let us know how it goes. You have the ability to help your student build literacy skills and remember, on International Literacy Day and all other days too, Hyperion Language and Learning Services is here to help your child on the journey to academic success.