You may not realize exactly how important literacy is in our society. To help illustrate just how much it plays a role in our day-to-day lives, stop for a minute and think about all the things you would not be able to do if you were unable to read or spell. Could you still be able to perform your job? How about using a computer to get online, use the internet, send emails, or conduct research? Then there are issues if you want to go shopping and buy food, go out to eat, or be able to help your own children with their schoolwork.
Now that you have had a minute to think about it, literacy is seen as being key to all aspects of our daily lives. Whether you are a stay-at-home mother or father, or have a job, reading and spelling are essential for your being able to perform many tasks. What you may not realize is there are large numbers of children, teenagers, and adults who are illiterate, and who have to face obstacles and challenges, each and every day of their lives.
According to our own research, we found that, of the two-thirds of all students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade, those children have approximately a 78 percent chance of never catching up. As a result, later on in their lives, they may end up in jail or have to rely upon public assistance programs. Additional statistics you should consider are that 90 percent of public assistant recipients are high school dropouts with very limited or no reading or spelling skills. Further, 85 percent of all juveniles in detention facilities, and 60 percent of all prison inmates, are functionally illiterate. Had they had the opportunity to obtain reading and spelling skills as a child, there is a high probability they never would have gotten into trouble with the law. By donating to our core charity programs at One World Literacy, you may be able to help prevent a child from ending up in poverty or jail, later in life.
Getting involved in charity programs for kids can be fun and rewarding. Many programs give you the option to donate your time or make a monetary donation. Knowing you are helping kids in need, now, ensures their future, later, by giving them access to the resources they require. For example, at One World Literacy Foundation, our core charities are designed to supply the tools needed to help children learn how to read and spell. These programs offer access to free software for schools, libraries, parents, and anyone with a learning disability, or who failed to obtain these skills when they were a child.
By helping children develop reading and spelling skills while they are still young, it is possible to help them avoid additional hardships, later in life. Teenagers who failed to develop sufficient skills often face challenges in completing school work and maintaining their grades. It is easy for them to become frustrated, since they are falling further and further behind their peers. Frequently, they end up dropping out of high school and never graduating. As a result, they are limited in the types of job opportunities they are able to seek, because they either are unable to read and spell, or only have very basic abilities.
In addition, these teenagers end up relying upon public assistance programs to provide support, now, and into their adult lives. Later on, when they start families, they are unable to help their own children with school work, which potentially could cause the cycle to repeat. However, you are able to help break this cycle and help these kids, with your donation to one of our charity programs.
Supporting a childrens’ charity can have long term effects, which you may not initially think about when you make your donation. Improving a child’s status at an early age could prevent other issues and problems from occurring later in life. For example, donating to our Project R.E.A.D. school literacy program or our G.I.V.E. Project community literacy program helps children, teens, adults, and those with disabilities learn how to read and spell more proficiently.
When people are able to read, they have far more opportunities than those who lack any literacy skills. Children are more active in grade school because they are able to comprehend and grasp the materials being presented. Further, they often have above average grades, which continue throughout their education. Once they reach high school, they continue to do well, which allows them to take advantage of opportunities for scholarships for college. After college, they have many opportunities for better paying jobs that would not be possible if they did not know how to read or spell.
The costs associated to support someone who lacks literacy skills include funding for public assistance programs, operating juvenile correction facilities, and jails. From our own research, as well as research conducted by the United States Department of Education, it has been established, when a child is unable to read, it causes many problems later on in life. Being able to avoid these problems by donating to our children charity programs not only helps them, now, but also opens doors for new opportunities, as well as saves taxpayers money in the future.
Being able to read helps you to reason things out, draw your own conclusions, and solve problems. In addition, it keeps your mind active, because reading causes you to become focused and concentrated on the material, which enhances these critical skills. Further, setting aside some time each day for reading activities helps improve your discipline and memory. Other benefits from reading include building your self-esteem, becoming more educated in a wide range of topics, and improving your vocabulary. When children, teens, and adults are unable to read, or are poor readers, they are unable to fully develop these essential skills.
As a result, those individuals that lack the ability to read can become withdrawn and isolated. If the problem is not caught while the child is still in grade school, it continues to create further issues once they reach high school. Most teens with reading problems often end up dropping out part way through high school. As young adults, they find it difficult to find a decent paying job and maintain long term employment, and frequently fall on hard times and rely upon public assistance programs. Some individuals also end up getting into trouble with the law, spending time in juvenile detention centers and adult correctional facilities. However, with access to a literacy program, any child, teen, or adult is able to improve their status.
Here at One World Literacy Foundation, we offer free access to our literacy program for those who qualify. We have two core programs designed to aid schools, local communities, and individuals. You can learn more about how to apply for assistance for your school or community outreach program, or to help someone you love obtain the necessary tools, by contacting us directly.
The amount of time spent teaching kids how to read and spell in school starts to fall off after the 4th grade. By this time, most children have developed the core skills necessary to read, write, and spell many of the most commonly used words in the English language. Further development and enhancement of their knowledge is shifted towards other classes focusing more on grammar and literature. However, there are some children who may not be at the same level as their peers and who could start to exhibit signs that they are struggling. Typical signs include lower grades, an unwillingness to complete homework assignments, a lack of classroom participation, and attempting to avoid going to school.
As a parent or teacher, you have options available to help children in this predicament by finding suitable literacy activities for kids. Activities help to further develop reading and spelling skills, while at the same time reinforce previously learned topics. Part of the problem you could face is keeping the child focused for an extended period of time. If they have already given up, getting them re-motivated requires using the right tools.
For instance, here at One World Literacy Foundation, we supply free reading and spelling software from ClickN Kids. These applications are designed to be fun, entertaining, and engaging, while helping children further develop reading and spelling skills. Further, ClickN Kids products satisfy the requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act. Whether you are a teacher or a parent, we have programs available to get you the tools and literacy activities for your kids, for free.
Our core children charities are divided between two different programs designed to help overcome illiteracy. The first program is called Project R.E.A.D. and focuses on providing the necessary tools to educators and schools. From our own independent research, as well as research conducted by the US Department of Education, we have discovered children who are unable to develop proficiencies in reading and spelling face difficulties later in life. In addition, if these skills are not properly developed by 3rd or 4th grade, children start to fall behind their peers and never catch up.
Teens and adults with basic and below basic literacy skills often live in poverty as a result of not being able to develop their skills while in grade school. Many of these individuals drop out of high school and never graduate. As a result, they have a harder time finding and keeping long term employment. In addition, they are forced to rely upon public assistance programs for support. It is also not uncommon for these individuals to get into trouble with the law and spend time in juvenile detention centers and in jail.
To help teens and adults improve their status, the second of our children charities, called the G.I.V.E. project, focuses on providing support for communities. We supply the same tools given to schools, for free, to parents, teens, and adults desiring assistance, as well as any individuals with learning disabilities. By becoming more literate, teenagers and adults are more likely to be able to find and retain full time employment at higher income levels, read to their children, provide assistance with school work, use the internet and email more proficiently, and become more involved in their local communities.
There are a host of developmental skills children should start to learn while they are still toddlers. These include learning different colors, shapes, counting, and their ABCs, as well as using a keyboard and mouse on a computer. Developing these skills is important as they start to lay the ground work for teaching your child how to spell and read. When children do not develop these basic skills, at this time, it can create learning difficulties, later, once they start school.
Early literacy activities need to engage your child to keep their attention. Toddlers often have short attention spans, so keeping them focused on one particular task for a long period of time is not possible. Rather, learning has to grab their attention by keeping it fun and entertaining. Further, lessons have to be kept short and need to focus on the key developmental skill. For example, if your child is learning shapes, the activity should focus on learning the different shapes. Incorporating colors and other such additional subjects could lose the focus of your child. While the additional learning is equally important, it needs to be taught in its own short learning segments.
Because technology plays a big role in learning today, it is equally important for your toddler to start to develop basic computer skills using the keyboard and mouse. One way to accomplish this is by using early literacy activities on the computer. Initially, you may have to help your child with clicking the mouse or finding the right key. However, you should have them point to the answer and not lead them in any way. If they get it wrong, that is okay, as they can repeat the lesson later. In situations where you need help obtaining literacy software, you might qualify for our free reading software through our G.I.V.E. Project community program.
Teaching children how to read and spell can sometimes be difficult, for various reasons. Single parents may have to work two jobs just to support their children. This leaves little time left at the end of the day to sit down and work with their children on reading and spelling. Another issue some children face, when it comes to developing reading and spelling skills, is a learning disability, such as dyslexia. Overcoming these obstacles is possible, with help from One world Literacy Foundation, using one of our core literacy programs.
Both of our programs use technology and computers to teach children how to read and spell. We understand that the advances in technology make it much easier to deliver the tools needed, to both parents and schools, using the internet and related applications. Further, through our own studies, we have discovered children develop vital literacy skills, up to 40 percent more quickly when using a computer, than without. In addition, children are drawn to technology and computers. By making learning how to read and spell fun and interactive, they are able to remain interested in these subjects. Children who become more interested in learning are also encouraged to go to school and work harder on their other subjects.
We already have private donors, foundations, and other sponsors supporting our cause to cover all of our operational expenses. As a result, there is no need to take money away from donations received for our core reading programs to support our operations. When you donate to our literacy programs through our website, we guarantee your donated dollars are fully utilized towards obtaining the necessary tools to teach children how to read. This is our 1 for 1 Model, and it ensures that for every $1 in donations received, $1 worth of software is donated to Project R.E.A.D. or the G.I.V.E. Project.
Our literacy charity for children has a goal to provide the right tools to help children be able to learn how to read and spell. To make our programs as effective as possible, we have partnered with ClickN Kids, Inc. to supply free access to their world famous and multiple-award-winning literacy programs, including ClickN Read Phonics, ClickN Spell, and Looney Tunes Phonics. These programs are designed to help teach children the fundamentals required to develop their reading and spelling skills. Using the internet, along with the latest technologies, together we are able to deliver instruction and support unrestricted by geography or time.
The ClickN Kids internet software applications were developed to teach individuals at their own pace. The lessons are arranged into several different sub-sections where children are presented new information. Unlike other reading and phonics programs, ClickN Kids applications do not prompt the children for the correct answers. Instead, if a wrong answer is selected, the child is presented with the information in the section again, until they have fully grasped the concepts and are able to successfully answer the questions on their own. The applications use a game-like approach to keep children engaged in learning. Further, children are rewarded for their progress through the lessons, with cartoon shorts.
Another reason our charity for children has partnered with ClickN Kids is because their applications meet and satisfy the government requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act. Teachers are able to generate and prepare progress reports for each student, to ensure they are developing their reading and spelling skills. These same reports are also able to be utilized by parents at home, when they have obtained free access to the applications for their children through our community program.
Most business organizations have a set list of charities to donate to on a regular basis. The reason they select these charities is because their programs and causes are often something the company wants to support. They take the time to consider which nonprofit organizations and their related programs offer the most benefits for the communities where they have business operations. Further, businesses receive tax incentives by marking charitable contributions that offset their tax liability.
The amount of money a business sets asides for the charities to donate to depend upon the size of the organization. Large corporations frequently are able to provide larger donations, as compared to small and medium businesses. However, all nonprofits, including One World Literacy Foundation, appreciate any size donation from any size business operation. Every little bit helps to fund the necessary programs and supply the support, not only for your local community, but also other communities in need of charitable services.
Our two core programs are designed to supply the tools needed to ensure that children learn how to read and spell. In addition, we provide the same free learning software to those people with learning disabilities, teenagers, and adults, who would otherwise be left behind and never obtain these important skills. Our programs have already helped people with ADD, ADHD, Asperger’s, Autism, APD, Down Syndrome, hearing impairments, Dyslexia, and Williams Syndrome. Further, we have been able to make progress in reducing the estimated number of 93 million teenagers and adults in the United States who have basic and below basic literacy skills.