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The Importance of Reading

Why is learning to read so important?

Students who can’t read proficiently by third grade become highly susceptible to larger setbacks as they grow older. Without the basic skill of reading, they are more likely to struggle throughout their school years, drop out of school, and become enmeshed in the criminal justice system. -- Tutormate.org

  • 2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare. 85 percent of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate.
  • More than 60 percent of all prison inmates are functionally illiterate.
  • Illiteracy and crime are closely related. The Department of Justice states, "The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure." Over 70 percent of inmates in America's prisons cannot read above a fourth-grade level.

Statistics reported by www.begintoread.com

Frequently Asked Questions

We are excited you are interested in learning more about our Literacy Program! As an educator, parent or ministry leader, this is one of the very best investments you can make in your kids. Please read below for frequently asked questions.

This literacy program will help children improve their reading and reading comprehension skills by using leveled reading books from the I Can Read series. Readers encounter basic sight words as well as age-appropriate vocabulary words in these faith-based stories.

The program is organized so that a parent, teacher, or student-mentor can use any parts of the resource materials along with the books to help a child learn to read. Resource materials include I Can Read books (30 titles per year for the four years), flashcards, teaching guides, and other teaching resources. The program can be used in a one-on-one setting or a larger, classroom setting.

The program is geared for children who are new or reluctant readers, with book topics and vocabulary appropriate for upper preschool through third grade reading levels.

If used in its entirety, the program is intended to last four years. A student would begin in Kindergarten and graduate with each school year to the next level. However, it can be tailored to a six-week summer camp curriculum or even an after-school program.

This program was birthed from The Global Summit where African American leaders and Zondervan were brought together and challenged to think of ways to increase biblical literacy in geographic areas where reading rates are low. The idea is that in addition to regular schoolwork, this program will provide high-quality, supplemental reading resources to students, promote positive behavior alongside leadership skills, increase self-confidence, and instill a love for reading.

  • Children being excited about reading.
  • Children feeling confident in finishing a book and knowing what the story is about.
  • Children knowing more about Bible characters and Bible stories.
  • Children growing in responsibility due to keeping the books, taking them home, and reading them to family members.
  • Children raising their hands, listening, showing empathy to others, and answering questions about the stories.
  • Parents reading with their children.
  • ESL parents learning to read.
  • Older students improving their reading skills by mentoring younger children.

Submit your email below and a link will be sent to your inbox to download the year 1 resources for FREE.
*Resources for years 2-4 will be available August 2018.

The Year One downloadable kit includes:

  • 30 reading guides
  • 30 sets of flashcards based on the books
  • Recommended reading list with 30 books
  • 100 Tips for Beginning Readers
  • Activity book for kids
  • Parent and teacher guide
  • Special pricing rates for purchasing books
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