There have been many attempts to promote and improve literacy. Over the last decade a series of neuroscience breakthroughs and educational research findings have led to an entirely new understanding of the challenges involved in learning to read. (www.childrenofthecode.org)
We now have evidence-based research proving that children learn through their relationships with caring adults.
Read-Aloud improves children’s literacy in the following ways:
- Caring adults support children’s social-emotional development.
- Volunteers support students’ emerging reading and comprehension skills.
- Readers instill in children a love and joy of books.
- Children read and connect stories with themselves and others.
- Responsive adults help to build self-esteem in young readers.
Our volunteers are the heart of the program:
- Readers are dedicated and caring individuals who learn from their students.
- They form stronger connections to local public schools and neighborhoods.
- Many volunteers tell us readers form long-lasting friendships with each other.