One out of every three adults in St. Louis City and one out of every six adults in St. Louis County have low literacy skills.
Benefits of Improved Literacy Skills:
- Increases employment.
- Improves productivity in the workplace.
- Increases school success for children.
- Lowers healthcare costs, increases numbers of people receiving preventative care and providing self-care.
- Reduces crime rates.
YMCA Community Literacy strives to eliminate low literacy as an issue in the St. Louis region. Y Literacy is happy to offer the following presentations to your organization free of charge in order to enhance public awareness of low literacy and its impact on our region. Click here for more info on the Speaker's Bureau.
Resources for Tutors
For some great resources for teaching specific skills, go to the Florida Center for Reading Research: http://www.fcrr.org
Want to learn a new approach for teaching reading or English, find lesson plans and webinars at www.thinkfinity.org
Are you looking for more ideas on working with your ESL student, check out these 8 FREE, 30 minute videos at www.newamericanhorizons.org
Do you have a student with dyslexia? Read this article to find out how the spoken word plays a key role in the disorder. Dyslexia article
Check out these helpful tips for tutoring a child in math. www.tutoringforsuccess.com
Do you have a dyslexic student who has trouble with the letters B, D, and P? This PDF provides fun ways of distinguishing between them. www.dyslexiacentre.co.uk/nessy/guests/guests/bdpfreebie.pdf
Children with ADHD need creative teachers who believe in their worth and make accommodations for their disorder. This link provides 30 ideas for teaching children with ADHD. www.kellybear.com
Here is a helpful article about teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. http://teaching.monster.com
Resources for Literacy Providers
The Literacy Council program is happy to be a member of the Literacy Roundtable. For more information about this literacy consortium, visit their Web site at http://www.literacyroundtable.org.
The Literacy Council is an accredited member of ProLiteracy. For more information about this international organization, visit their Web site at http://www.proliteracy.org.
Educational policy is important to maintaining a quality public education system. To keep up to date on proposed Missouri legislation, please visit Children's Education Alliance's website at www.childrenseducationalliance-mo.org/category/all-reforms-news/news
Beginning Babies with Books is proud to be involved with First Book. For more information about how to help provide new books for children in need, visit their website at http://www.firstbook.org
Reach Out and Read offers a wide variety of helpful early literacy resources for parents and medical providers. www.reachoutandread.org/resource-center/literacy-materials/
Resources for Students
Looking for interesting reading about current events? Try The Literacy Tribune, a bi-monthly newsletter for adult learners. www.theliteracytribune.org.
The Literacy Center Education Network provides free literacy games and activities. Play them online or print them off and practice. www.literacycenter.net.
Check out dozens of fun reading games to challenge your brain! www.primarygames.com.
Here are some of the best interactive and educational learning games for grades K-5. http://interactivesites.weebly.com.
Reading is Fundamental provides young children ways to discover the joy of reading. www.rif.org/kids/leadingtoreading/en/leadingtoreading.htm
ABCya.com features educational games for grades K-5. Learn math and language arts skills while having fun! www.abcya.com/
Kids can learn educational skills with their favorite Sesame Street characters here! www.sesamestreet.org/games-landing
Resources for Parents
Getting reading help for your child can relieve stress for the whole family. However, if your child has special needs, reading tutoring may only be one resource of many that can help ensure your child succeeds in school. For more information or parent education about how to help your child with special needs get support in school, visit IMPACT's website. http://ptimpact.org
For activites that help spark your child's interest in reading, visit http://www.rif.org.
Complete this checklist to see if your home is literacy-friendly. http://www.getreadytoread.org.
The International Reading Association has compiled some of the best choices for reading, broken down into choices by children, teachers, and young adults. Check out suggested readings for your child. www.reading.org/Resources/Booklists.aspx.
Learning does not stop outside of the classroom. Keep your children engaged in fun activities with these afterschool resources. http://www.readwritethink.org/parent-afterschool-resources/.
Here is a list of the best educational literacy apps you can download to your phone or tablet! The subjects include print awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, and writing. www.readingrockets.org/teaching/reading101/literacyapps/
Check out this article about literacy and how it can reduce crime and poverty. http://unewsonline.com/2012/04/26/boosting-literacy-can-reduce-crime-poverty-in-st-louis/