Children who are introduced to books at an early age score better in almost all facets of early childhood education. The Very READ-y Project is looking to help parents and educators achieve these goals, and more.
Very READ-y is a project that promotes literacy in Winnipeg’s north end.
Some families in these communities are unable to comfortably secure food and housing, so literacy education is often overlooked.
However, to break the cycle of poverty, studies have shown that literacy fundamentally matters, and the earlier a child is introduced to books, the more comfortable he or she will be in developing literacy skills.
Since less than 20% of people with the lowest literally skills are employed, helping a child become familiar with books at a young age will ensure he or she doesn’t get left behind when starting pre-school and kindergarten.
Very READ-y’s goal is to help start children on the path towards literacy and eventually, wholesome and fulfilling lives.
On Wed. Mar 4, the Very READ-y project is hosting “Read N’ Run”, an active learning event for north end families. Infants, children, and their families are invited to 45 Robinson St (on Dufferin Ave) to enjoy a day of fun & active early learning activities, and it’s absolutely free.
River City 360’s Nolan Bicknell recently interviewed Emily Halldorson about Very READ-y, and about the event they’re hosting on Mar. 4.
For more information, Very READ-y can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Very-READ-y-Project/276299602521261?fref=nf on Twitter: @VeryREADyPrj and at their website: http://www.bookmates.ca/node/145