For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
Likewise, children who don’t have early literacy skills do not learn well in kindergarten. Children who do not do well in kindergarten are less likely to read well in third grade. Children who cannot read well in third grade are less likely to graduate from high school. Children who don’t graduate from high school earn less money and are more likely to spend time in prison.
All for the want of early literacy skills. Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read or write. Literacy is about connecting spoken language to written words. Today, less than one-third of all third graders can read well enough to learn from reading they do in school.
Here’s a link to the rest of the literarcy article including suggestions of what parents can work on at home to enhance their child’s skills.