One of the ways to combat widespread illiteracy is to promote family literacy. Studies have shown that more reading at home and greater access to books in the home promotes better reading habits in children. If reading habits are modeled for children in the home then kids are more likely to experience success reading independently.
Even pediatricians are seeing the benefits of literacy in child brain development and promoting reading at home. Reading to children between the ages of 3 and 5 years-old --even picture books-- causes greater brain activity in the region of the brain responsible for integrating sound and visual stimulation. These same children are shown to have greater language skills.
But for those children in New Haven whose parents aren't able to read to them, they face set-backs and disadvantages before they even enter the K-12 classroom.
That's where Literacy Volunteers can help. Our mission is to provide personal, goal-oriented reading instruction to adults in our community, with the hopes that our adult students will take what they learn in class and apply it in their homes. Our free classes are small to allow for more direct instruction, and flexible to accommodate the busy schedules of our adult students.
If you know someone who could benefit from our Reading & Writing or English conversation classes, contact one of our program managers to find out about our FREE classes. Call 203-776-5899 or visit our website: www.lvangh.org
Want to learn more about the brain studies mentioned in this article?
Click HERE to read Perri Klass, M.D.'s "Bedtime Stories for Young Brains"