LitPick's student book review reading and writing program addresses today's deficiency in reading among students
The Reading Problem
The importance of reading proficiency for the U.S. economy and society cannot be overstated. Illiteracy has been linked to issues involving welfare, unemployment, incarceration, and even to health care delivery. The deficiency in reading proficiency has been identified not just in our general population but also in our schools by the U.S. Department of Education. Table 1 shows their findings of 4th and 8th grade reading levels.
Looking at Table 1,should we be satisfied that the percentage of 4th and 8th graders who are judged to be at the reading proficiency level has increased since 1992 from 29 to 35-36% or should we be appalled that this percentage in 2013 was only 35 – 36%?
Children and Reading
As many parents know, each child begins to read at his or her own time and pace. Reading comprehension activities come about even later in a child's development. Some parents brag about their five year olds reading Harry Potter, while the rest of us quietly worry if our own children will ever show an interest in a book, let alone a 350 page one! A simple online search about reading practices and strategies emphasizes this developmental variability among children when it comes to reading and the reading milestones recognized to be important in this process beginning with imitating sounds and decoding sounds and symbols.
The crucial role which parents and caregivers play in a child’s learning how to read is also well-documented, including the value of parents reading to their children and their reading practice with children. Furthermore, data we have collected from our online interactive reading and writing program for students suggests that parents are also very influential in encouraging and promoting outside school reading in preteens and teens beyond their early developmental years. We call this observation The Parent Child Reading Triangle (The PCR Triangle).
LitPick's online interactive reading and writing program as part of the solution
LitPick Student Book Reviews reaches out and engages students in a social community which is based on free reading books and reviewing and at a place on the internet where their opinions are valued. We believe that by making preteen and teen reading a fun, engaging, and empowering experience, LitPick helps students become better readers and writers. Additionally LitPick is a community where educators and parents can find out what preteens, teens, and young adults actually think about books written for these age groups, enabling them to guide their students’ growth as readers.
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