Happy National Library Card Sign-Up Month!

Boy reading book

Libraries are the mecca for information. Housing centuries of history, libraries provide free access to literature, news and education resources. During National Library Card Sign-up Month this September, we encourage your family to get a library card and give your kiddos the freedom to learn and grow in their literacy journeys. Need a little more convincing? Below, we break down … Read More

Breaking down literacy goals for grades K-2

Little girl reading

Early literacy education is crucial when it comes to developing the whole child, as learning these skills helps children with reading comprehension, vocabulary, creativity and self-expression. At the end of each grade level, your child should hit certain benchmarks to ensure they are ready for the following grade. Below, we’ve outlined the literacy goals our team sets for students to … Read More

Tips for setting new school year literacy resolutions with your child

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Beginning a new school year can be exciting for your child as they navigate new teachers, new classmates and a new curriculum; however, it can also come with challenges. Below, we break down a few tips for setting literacy resolutions that are manageable for your child to accomplish throughout the year. Set a goal for the number of books you’ll … Read More

Five tips parents can use to encourage summer reading

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Summertime for your children means increased time to play, explore or relax. However, summer vacation can also be a time when kiddos forget the literacy skills they established at school. It’s very probable that children who don’t read over the summer can regress, and their hard-earned reading skills can decline. Whether you have assigned reading from school, or you’re looking … Read More

Teacher appreciation: Celebrating ALL teachers

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The month of May signals the end of another school year, and, as we head into summer, our team at ALLMemphis would like to congratulate all of the teachers at our partner schools – Journey Community Schools, Promise Academy – Hollywood, Promise Academy – Spring Hill, Lucie E. Campbell Elementary, Sherwood Elementary, and Vollentine Elementary. We couldn’t be more grateful … Read More

The ALLMemphis team celebrates National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month! Join us as we celebrate the expressiveness, delight, and pure charm of poetry. This month, we’re reminded of the integral role of poets and poetry in our cultures. Below, we’ve compiled a list of our team’s favorites – check them out!   Ravynn Favorite poet: Shel Silverstein   “I can remember being in elementary school, … Read More

The Big Five: Skills children must acquire to become independent readers

ALLMemphis works to dramatically increase literacy and education equity for ALL students within our Memphis community. To do so, we partner with schools to provide them with a multi-year mentorship and training program. Our approach is proven to make an impact – specifically because it’s rooted in scientifically backed and research-based methods.  The National Institute of Health’s National Reading Panel … Read More

The Orton-Gillingham approach: What is it?

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” – Victor Hugo When children are navigating their educational journey, it’s crucial they become proficient readers by the end of third grade. Why? Because beginning in fourth grade, children must read to learn other subjects, such as math, history, science, etc. Since … Read More

Reading Foundations for Future Opportunities

Since our founding in 2017, ALLMemphis has worked toward a clear vision of full literacy to advance the social, cultural, and economic development of our city. Our mission – ensuring educational equity by equipping schools with a data-driven, research-based language and literacy approach – hasn’t changed, but, as we’ve grown, we’ve been exploring new ways to accomplish it. As an … Read More