Schools and teachers generally make a connection with parents at the beginning of the school year with back-to-school nights, conferences, and backpacks full of handouts.
It's that time of year when most kids (along with teachers and parents!) are ready for summer, and daily reading or at-home learning can feel a bit repetitive.
There’s no reason that learning to read needs to be limited to an indoor space. In fact, there are lots of ways to instill a love of reading and writing by spending time outside, some of which could even burn off a little pent-up energy during or after school.
As human beings, we are constantly looking for ways to improve. It is in our nature to want to be a little better tomorrow than we are today. Whether it is becoming more efficient with our energy use, extending our life expectancy, or increasing literacy rates, we are all working to raise the bar.
The new year is a great time to reflect on beginnings, and how they can bring about change. As a mission-focused team, we’re always looking down the road to imagine how we’ll get from where we are today (53,000 students in 173 schools, in 21 states), to where we ultimately want to go – providing a truly significant percentage of America’s children who live in poverty a transformational opportunity to fall in love with reading and learning, and achieve their full potential.
When bedtime rolls around in our family, reading is part of the routine. Sometimes, my 9-year-old son reads independently. Sometimes, I grab my book and we read side by side. And, the best nights are when we read some of the oldies but goodies he chooses to keep on his bookshelf like Food Fight, Tickle Monster, or Spoon. These are the books that conjure up memories and make us laugh together.
Book Trust has seen significant growth in the last 18 months – nearly a 40% rise in the number of students served and an almost 35% increase in revenue.
Who loves a great challenge? You know - the kind that keeps your mind racing from one idea to another, sometimes waking you up at night or distracting you in the shower.
"I was once one of those kids. At 7 years old, I was deeply ashamed to be in the remedial reading program. The experience was made worse when the teacher told my parents there was nothing left she could do, I was a 'lost cause.'"
"Champions are made from something they have deep inside of them–a desire, a dream, a vision."