To the Telegram:
We all know that children are the future. We also know that reading is important. What some of us may not know is there are children who are at great risk for having trouble with reading.
I know what you might be thinking; this isn’t a problem here because it’s mainly a problem in the bigger cities, right?
Wrong. Even here in Superior, there is a problem with children having trouble reading. This even affects the young children, as early as 7- to 9-years-old. In other words, by third grade, there is a marked amount of children who have reading troubles.
So what? Well, if you’re a parent, it’s not OK to leave development of your child’s reading skills to others. Don’t let your child grow up without as much help as they can possibly have.
The consequences of not getting your child engaged in reading are many. Your child will be uninterested at school, fall behind, end up poorly educated, and therefore, as an adult, struggle at finding and keeping a decent, good-paying job.
What parents really need to know is that, when it comes to reading, lots of kids don’t learn at school, and your help is badly needed.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction web site’s “Wisconsin School District Performance Report,” 29 percent of the Superior school district’s third grade students scored at levels indicating that they are either unable or struggling to read at grade level.
Now, if you’re a parent, you are likely concerned, perhaps asking yourself, “How can I help? Is there anything I can do?”
The answer is yes, there are things you can do.
The best things that you can do to help your children is getting them interested in reading through games, taking advantage of kids’ reading programs at your schools and libraries, as well as just making sure to set a good example, by letting them see you reading.
Remember, it is absolutely never too early and it’s never too late to start helping your children with reading. The important thing is that you do it.