Dear parents and teachers,
Now more than ever, we recognize the important role that parents, guardians and educators play in children’s success in literacy and learning. With the pandemic, this role has been made more challenging. As we move forward with teaching and learning, whether in math, science or art, we know that literacy provides a crucial foundation. Children need literacy to grow in all aspects of their lives and to understand the world around them.
It’s essential that we ensure our children receive the support they need. Even before the pandemic, far too many children lacked the critical skills needed to engage with reading. More than half of the students in the Los Angeles Unified School District who took the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress in 2019 did not meet English language arts and literacy standards. This year, students are significantly less prepared than in the past, since the virus unexpectedly pushed schooling online in March.
Reading opens doors. Reading by 9, a program of L.A. Times Public Affairs, seeks to promote and support youth and family literacy. We’re here to help unlock the access and enrichment that literacy can provide.
This year’s Reading by 9 annual parent reading guide was developed in partnership with Ready, Set, Read!, a nonprofit project of Community Partners dedicated to guiding parents through helping young children build a foundation of literacy skills. The guide, available in English and Spanish, is available for free and has tips and ideas for incorporating reading into a child’s daily life. Its recommendations — books, literacy resources and more — highlight the value of encouraging students to read about subjects that interest them.
The guide is distributed to parents and teachers throughout the United States with the support of donors and help of community-based organizations and schools. It’s also available online at latimes.com/Readingby9.
If you are interested in supporting our efforts, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Reading by 9 Fund as we strive to expand literacy resources for families: calfund.org/reading-by-9-fund.
Thank you for reading!
President and Chief Operating Officer
Los Angeles Times
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Tips and Tricks
Math and Literacy
Math is all around us.
You can incorporate math and numbers into your conversations with children using books, your environment and the everyday objects around you. Mathematical literacy is having the ability to use numbers to solve real-world problems. Math is a tool we use to understand the world we live in.
Science and Literacy
Science is all around us.
When your child is asking “Why?” or “What is …?” they express their curiosity about how things work and why things are the way they are.
Children naturally use science to explore the world starting at birth. They use their five senses to explore the world and understand its rules. This curiosity leads to experimentation, a process by which we determine something. For example, babies drop toys to explore the concept of gravity and put things in their mouths to explore their world.
Art and Literacy
Art makes life beautiful.
How many of your children notice the illustrations in their books? Art is a powerful tool for helping children develop literacy skills. It allows children to make meaning of the words they see on the page. You can reinforce this concept by talking about the pictures with them.
Making art provides joy, helps develop fine motor skills and leads to discussion, exploration and growth. All art is a form of self-expression and a way for children to communicate their ideas and feelings.
There are many organizations around Los Angeles and Orange counties that families can connect with online to access literacy resources and support services. Take a look at these organizations.
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To order additional copies or download a digital version of the 2020 parent reading guide, visit latimes.com/readingby9. The guide is free to parents, educators and organizations working with children and families. To contact us with comments and questions or to receive more information, email email@example.com.
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For over two decades, Ready, Set, Read! has been bringing families together and making brighter futures possible through our bilingual literacy program that empowers parents to read aloud with their children. Partnering with preschools and kindergartens in underserved Los Angeles communities, we provide free literacy workshops and books to parents and donate classroom libraries to our partner schools. For more information visit readysetread.org.