Literacy Is For Everyone (LIFE) encourages students to be lifelong learners by inspiring students of Georgetown County School District to value reading. Literacy fulfills both educational and social-emotional need for individuals and their communities. Being a literate citizen leads to becoming a productive member of the society in which we live. LIFE emphasizes community commitment to literacy, and helps generate enthusiasm and excitement for the SC Palmetto Assessment of State Standards as well as high school graduation, through pep rally events with students and parents.
Here are some ways that you can promote literacy in your own homes, schools, and communities:
- Read with your child for 30-45 minutes each night. Discuss the literature to ensure understanding and to help them learn to gain satisfaction from reading. Make sure that you check and sign any reading logs that they may have for school.
- Try different approaches. Many books are accompanied by audio tapes and digital audio versions for your child to listen to on-the-go as they practice comprehension. Bring one or two audio books with you on your next road trip!
- Pair up. Reading is always more fun with a partner. If your child has a friend that they like to play with, suggest reading for 15 minutes prior to outdoor play or video gaming sessions. It serves as an incentive and helps boost their focus.
- Start a book drive. Unfortunately, many homes lack access to personal books and/or a nearby pubic library. Gather a few friends and some plastic bins to solicit books for local families. Some ideas for collecting are to sort books by grade (K-2, 3-6).
- Be a storyteller. Reading isn’t just for the young, but also for the young at heart! Volunteer to read or tell stories at your local community center or elementary school.