Most of us take the ability to read and write for granted. But unfortunately, literacy doesn’t come easy to some children. In fact, many studies of grade 4 kids, 15-year-olds, and adults show that many Australians are struggling with basic reading and writing.
Literacy refers to the ability to read, write, and speak in a way that allows us to communicate effectively with others, and also to make sense of the world around us.
Being able to read and spell proficiently is incredibly important for ensuring kids are set up for success in school. Kids who have trouble with literacy find it difficult to make progress at school and fall behind.
At school, kids with reading and writing difficulties may also have problems with confidence, peer relationships, and self-esteem. They may feel ‘dumb’ because they cannot make sense of the texts they see in the classroom and start withdrawing from trying to learn at all.
Into adulthood, poor literacy often results in limited career options and other opportunities in life. People with low literacy skills might have trouble reading medicine bottles, writing emails and filling out forms.
It’s a problem and no parent wants their child to be limited in this way!