The so-called THREE R's - reading, writing and arithmetic.
There have been three articles regarding children's literacy in the newspapers which have caught my attention recently. What is your opinion on the subject(s)?
A GOOD THING OR A BAD THING?
MOST CERTAINLY A BAD THING.
* Children as young as seven are more likely to own a mobile (cell) phone than a book, figures show, adding to concerns over a decline in reading.
Almost nine in 10 pupils have a mobile with fewer than three-quarters who have their own bookshelf in the home.
The study by the NATIONAL LITERACY TRUST suggested a link between regular access to books outside school and high test results.
Some 8o per cent of children with better than expected reading skills had their own books, compared with 58 per cent who were below the level expected for their age group. - Graeme Paton, The Telegraph (READ ARTICLE)
Many children are leaving primary school unable to set out a letter with almost half of 11 year-olds unsure of the right layout. - The Telegraph (READ ARTICLE)