Feb 092014

I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this Ooka Island Ambassadorship via Splash Media Engagement.  All words and opinions are my own.

I have loved to read for as long as I can remember.  Whether reading with my father at bedtime, or curled up in a nook in our playroom by myself, books were a favorite pastime.  We try to make sure that Bubbles has this same foundation, as well; we read with her multiple times per day, and she reads quietly on her own, too.

Like mother, like daughter, it seems.

Ooka Island Reading Program - Statistics on Reading #SmartStart

Unfortunately, not every child loves reading, and sometimes that has to do with the fact that they’re struggling.  In fact, today 68% of 5-year-olds will be behind in reading by fourth grade and 78% of those children will never catch up (National Assessment of Educational Progress, 2011).  This is a problem because literacy is important not only on an academic level, but economic and social levels, too. Continue reading »