Tag: literacy

Fun Ideas for Family Literacy Month

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November is Family Literacy Month, and the National Center for Families Learning is promoting their guide to 30 Days of Families Learning. The guide has literacy activities and practices for every day of the month designed to inspire family memory-making as families play, imagine and learn together. Activities include "Mystery Dinner Guests," where each person chooses and researches...

The World Lights up for Int’l Literacy Day

UNESCO raises awareness for the importance of literacy to sustainable development.On September 8th, communities from all corners of the world celebrated UNESCO’s International Literacy Day. The theme of this year’s celebration was “Literacy and Sustainable Development.” UNESCO started International Literacy Day in 1965 to raise awareness of the importance of literacy in achieving a more just world, and the...

Music Education Boosts Language and Literacy

New research presented at the American Psychological Association’s annual meeting links music education to increased learning and literacy skills. The findings, which involved hundreds of kids participating in musical training programs in Chicago and Los Angeles public schools, highlight the role learning music can have on the brains of youth in impoverished areas, according to presenter Nina Kraus, PhD,...

Phonics Making a Positive Impact on Literacy

A new study suggests children taught to read using phonics techniques can achieve a reading age up to two years above their expected level.Results from the study conducted by educational psychologist Marlynne Grant display high levels of progress and achievement from methods of systematic synthetic/blended phonics.Introduced into UK schools in 2010, the method teaches children to read...

Cell Phones Promote Literacy in Developing Countries

UNESCO has published a report explaining how mobile technology is used to facilitate reading and improve literacy in developing countries.The report, Reading in the Mobile Era, highlights that hundreds of thousands of people currently use mobile technology as a portal to text. Findings show that in countries where illiteracy rates are high and physical text is scarce, large numbers...

Celebrate First Bilingual Literacy Month

Read Conmigo, the bilingual literacy campaign for children sponsored by Infinity Auto Insurance, has declared the first annual Bilingual Literacy Month this May. As the first celebration of its kind, Bilingual Literacy Month aims to raise awareness about the importance and benefits of raising bilingual kids.More...

Digital Literacy ‘as Important as Reading and Writing’ ?

“Becoming literate in how the technical world works is equivalent to reading, writing and maths. We need to look at this fourth literacy as mainstream,” argues Mark Surman, executive director of the Mozilla Foundation (creator of the Firefox web browser) in the UK's Telegraph. “Not just at the level of the very basics of operating a computer but actually...

Celebrate International Literacy Day 2013

Gift a book! Read to a child! Donate to a literacy organization! Learn a new word! Visit a library!Literacy is a right and a foundation for lifelong learning, better well-being and livelihoods. As such it is a driver for sustainable and inclusive development."Literacy is much more than an educational priority – it is the ultimate investment in the future and the first step...