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Literacy In The Twin Tiers: Encouraging young children to read

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM-TV) – In our 3rd installment of the series Literacy in the Twin Tiers, we take a closer look at how to encourage reading in young children.

1st grades at Fasset Elementary School in Elmira enjoy daily reading time with their teacher. The students are being exposed to reading within their daily school day routine. These are crucial learning years for these 1st-grade students, especially when it comes to literacy.

“Research would say if kids are on track and reading by third grade it’s probably the biggest indicator of how they are going to be successful later in life.” Jay Hillman, Director of Educational Service, Elmira City School District said. “That doesn’t mean that if you are not on a level of third grade that you’re not going to be. But, the bottom line is our goal is to get as many of our kids at, or close, to grade level by third grade as possible.”

Experts said the most important thing to remember is that reading should be an enjoyable experience. Dr. Jessica Talada is the Literacy & Grant Coordinator for the Elmira City School District. “We need to make sure that we have their interest right from the beginning, Talada said. “So if a child wants to read books that are specific to a certain area they are interested in, then we want to give them those books.”

So how can you encourage literacy in young children? Here are some helpful tips from Scholastic.

Bring reading and writing into everyday life.
> Encourage literacy in your child’s daily routines by writing thank-you notes or making shopping lists together.

Be attentive and engaged when you communicate with your child.

Read together >Make storytime a daily ritual that your child can count on and look forward to.

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Each time you read with your child, they gain important life skills that stay with them for the rest of their lives.

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