GCS Makes Changes To Literacy Program

Guilford County Schools Putting Emphasis on Literacy

GREENSBORO, NC -- School's in and that means WFMY News 2's Read 2 Succeed program is about to start again! But it's not just about us coming into triad schools every week. The push to improve literacy really starts with you - at home.

That's the message Guilford County School leaders want to send. Tammy Gruer, Guilford County Schools district media and technology specialist joined Tracey McCain on the Good Morning Show talk about the district's literacy push, which has changed this year.

To help our students continue to grow their literacy skills and support changes in the classroom, GCS Reads 20 has become GCS Reads 30! For 2016-17, students are encouraged to read 30 minutes each day at home, to supplement and strengthen the reading they're doing in the classroom. They can read any materials that interest them,including our district eBooks, as long as they're reading! Keep recording minutes and submitting them to your designated teacher or media specialists. Schools that reach their monthly goal may receive recognition as the GCS Reads 30 School of the Month!

Some kids may think actual books seem old school. So the district is actually encouraging students use e-books. Guilford County Schools offers thousands of eBooks available to download for free. They can be read on any devices that can access the internet. They can also be downloaded and read on a tablet or mobile device once it is no longer online.

There's the obvious reading time, but rather than kids reading by themselves, Gruer also touched on what parents can do to help their kids learn to read. 

7 Ways For Parents To Encourage Their Child To Read
1- Make time for reading at home and let your children see you make it a priority in your home. Reading with your children will help develop your children’s oral language skills.
2- Let children choose what they want to read. Help them to find material that is “Fast fun and easy” Ask kids to read on their own, and then check up on them.
3-  Make it personal. Help your children find age appropriate books that connects to their interests and life stories.
4- Surround your child with reading materials, eBooks, library books, etc… encourage them to choose a book series. Studies prove that when students get hooked on a good book series, their reading increases.
5- Don’t just read stories. Read magazines, blogs, how-to guides, and graphic novels- and change up the experience between eReaders, print materials, or magazines…
6- Create incentives to read one idea may be to watch the movie after reading the book.
7- Show interest in your child’s reading. Talk about books

We're looking forward to our first Read 2 Succeed of this school year this Thursday at Madison Elementary School. 


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