Meet Tanya Grambower, a former teacher and tutor-turned-entrepreneur, who founded Literacy for Boys five years ago to address the gap in literacy resources for boys in her native Australia. By using technology to engage boys in literacy activities, she realized the success of her tutoring services was due to the engagement, variety, and choice she offered her learners.
With the success of that project, Grambower launched Literacy for Kids in 2021, a supplemental online learning platform for teachers and parents to address literacy challenges among kids aged 7 to 15, in order to grow their confidence and chances for success in life through literacy.
The eLearning platform offers comprehensive reading and writing resources that schools and parents can tap into to get children up to the national standard literacy level.
Read on to discover how Literacy for Kids is helping children in Australia, with the aim of expanding globally in the coming years.
Having trouble getting your kids to read? Here are Grambower’s top tips for parents:
1. Read to them from a really young age. Expose them to books as much as you can.
2. Let them catch you reading. Whether it’s a book, magazine, or newspaper, make sure they see you reading.
3. Establish a routine. You need to make time for reading every day. There will be days that your child’s either tired, or you’ve had a really busy afternoon with extracurricular activities, but still find 10 minutes everyday during the week to read.
4. If you have older kids, I would suggest reading some of the same books and discussing the plot together to get them engaged in the content. As an example, when my older son drifted from books, I started reading a zombie series (please note that zombies are not my thing!). However, the characters and storyline were brilliant and we could chat briefly about these each day. It showed him that I was interested and valued reading.
5. If your child is a reluctant reader, think of other ways to get them reading. For example, purchase a magazine subscription of a topic or theme that interests them. Try to get them books on the subjects that they’re interested in. E-readers and audiobooks work great.
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