There have been many reasons to celebrate literacy this month with Literacy and Numeracy Week, Adult Learning Week and now the International Literacy Day. We believe literacy is more than just reading and writing. The Latch-On program specifically focuses on modern literacies. This means that the program teaches everything from reading and writing to using technology to communicate and live in today’s world.
It goes without saying that literacy is a vital skill. As a result, it often is a skill that we take for granted. We put together 10 inspiring quotes to remind us of the importance and power of literacy, especially if you are teaching adult literacy. As we always say here: you will be transforming your students’ lives.
After reading the quotes, tell us which one is your favorite in the comments section below.
1. Reading is thinking
Reading is the fundamental literacy skills. We should always encourage our students to read, not matter their literacy levels. Starting to read is the key and is progress, not matter how slow. If you would like some tips and tricks, Elena Aguilar wrote a great article on Edutopia.org about “ten ways to cultivate a love of reading in students”.
2. Reading opens the door to unlimited knowledge
Literacy opens the doors to knowledge and places. Literacy follows us everyday, unconsciously: at home, on TV, in shops, restaurants, work, buses, streets. Literacy is everywhere. Therefore, “the more you read, the more places you’ll go”.
3. Numeracy is not just about numbers
Any sort of literacy activities ultimately leads to one goal: understanding. Whether it is reading or counting, our ultimate goal is to understand the world we live in and participate in our community with less or no barriers.
4. Reading is part of life
Remember that your students won’t enjoy reading if they can’t do it (no one loves doing something that’s really hard). As a result, and as Ms Aguilar puts it: “We must give them the skills to read at the same time that we cultivate an attitude.”
5. Reading gives you a new perspective on life
When we read we inform and transform ourselves. We are also better equipped to communicate with people. Watch your students evolve as they read more.
6. Books are home
We particularly like this quote because it implied that literacy is a journey and we can always call it home.
Teaching literacy shapes one’s life. There are so many things we read every minute of the day. As a result, literacy guides us everyday.
7. Writing is speaking with ink
This one is undoubtedly one of our favorite quotes because it is so closely related to our own motto saying that “everyone is a learner with ideas worth communicating”. Which leads us to the next quote.
8. Do you teach them what counts?
Literacy is often associated with the ability to read and write. However, it is also about making sense of and engage in everything we read, write, listen to and talk about. This means that thanks to literacy our students will develop the ability understand what counts in order to communicate it. Communication is probably today’s most important skill. Yet some schools often teach maths, history, rigid grammatical rules, but with little guidance on how to express ideas clearly. This is not how we have built Latch-On. During the program students will complete a number of literacy activities which involves communicating with the whole class. As a result, all four core literacy skills are being engaged: reading, writing, listening and talking.
9. Reading also allows us to discover new places
Don’t we all love reading a book, paragraph, sentence or even inspiring quote to someone? There is something about bonding with someone when reading. In fact, when we talk about reading we always have Amy’s story in mind. She embodies the transformative journey of most of our students who come in class. They all have a clear goal in mind before beginning the program. Amy’s one was to being able to read to her little nephew. It is great to see our students discover the magic and the power of bonding over a book and discovering new places without having to move.
10. Literacy is power and transforms lives
To conclude this series of quote, let’s ask ourselves what is literacy after all? Literacy changes worlds through words. Literacy and education has the power to change our own inner world, ourselves. It can transform our lives for the better.
Teaching adult literacy
If you would like to teach our award-winning literacy and numeracy program to people with learning disabilities we would love to hear from you.
Until next time, we hope to connect with you on Twitter too (@latchonprogram).
The Latch-On Team