Welcome to the Winnetka Rotary Literacy Projects Blog

Our literacy committee blog shares information about our Rotary literacy projects and events associated with sharing access to the many different ways in which people read. Some access reading the "traditional" way, some have computers read books, Internet pages, newspapers, and other print material. Our goal is to make the "written word" accessible to every person of every age and ability.

Please come back to find out about our past, present, and future projects.

What is the impact of illiteracy?

Illiteracy causes more harm than merely having a reduced ability to read and write. Illiteracy causes entire families to remain isolated from the everyday fabric of their local and global communities, to remain isolated from inspiration acquired by "enough education," and to remain isolated from a means to share history beyond the reaches of their spoken word.
----Dr. Jeanne Beckman

Friday, March 11, 2011

Helping others affected by Japan's earthquake and Tsunami helps our children learn empathy

By now, you've probably read about Japan's earthquake and Tsunami. here's a link to Reuters for information and updates: http://t.co/AF54dZe

If you want to help family members read about Japan's earthquake and tsunami, here's a link on Wikipedia: http://tinyurl.com/6bonbbm

If you want to help the Rotary Foundation with earthquake/tsunami relief, here's a link: http://t.co/6yzMgU2

Helping our children learn age-appropriate information by reading about earthquakes and tsunamis can help them master the fear that such disasters can cause by focusing on the science of nature. By reading to their children, parents can also monitor whether children are becoming overwhelmed or fearful with too much information.

In contrast, seeing disasters unfold repeatedly on television and the Internet can be too intense for some children, causing nightmares and other fears that may linger for months.

Having your children work with you while you help others teaches them empathy, which they need in order to grow up to understand the importance of the Four-Way Test. What can you do to help?