national literacy month - it's more than reading

November 14, 2012

Literacy is more than reading. Literacy is at the root of a person’s ability to succeed, and the family is at the heart.
We are alive and well consumed in the digital age. Kids are not having verbal conversations with their peers, they’re texting using short hand and abbreviations. While it sounds like they are consumed in writing, it’s the wrong writing. Children don’t know the difference between using shorthand in text messages and proper English in school work.

As a grammar freak, social media strategist, mom and daughter of a teacher, literacy is very important to me. If you know me personally, you know that I’m a grammar and spelling freak. I’m often made fun of this, but don’t see harm in being educated.

From being able to balance a checkbook, write a grocery list and write a 5-paragraph essay, literacy or illiteracy, rather, surrounds us.

It’s important that my son grows up as a literate human being. Knowing how to speak and write properly, and knowing when it’s okay to be lax and have fun with the language.

The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) is hosting its first-ever Social Media Fundraising Party today, to celebrate National Family Literacy Month.  

The heart of NCFL’s work lies in its dedication to working with community partners to develop model programs and innovative laboratories that advance family literacy. Here are some of NCFL’s current programs that are leading the way. (via NCFL)  To read more about NCFL’s programs, please visit http://www.famlit.org/ncfl-family-literacy/programs-initiatives/

Please skip your latte today and consider donating http://www.famlit.org/donate_nfld anything helps!


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