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Why Reading?

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. ”

– Frederick Douglass

The ability to read is a powerful tool, and Reading In Motion exists to equip children who may otherwise be overlooked with this advantage.

Every year we work with thousands of children at the very start of their formal education. Each of these young students steps into their first days of school filled with anticipation around an entirely new experience. For so many students, this is the beginning of a pathway of possibilities. For many others, those possibilities have already been diminished by factors out of their control and beyond their awareness. Inequities in our education system have determined the quality of a student’s education and greatly influenced their future before they even have the chance to meet their classmates.

In the U.S., where every child has access to a free public education, more than 30 million adults can’t read at a functional level. Among school-aged children, illiteracy is now a national crisis.1 In the National Assessment of Educational Progress’ (NAEP) 2017 Nation’s Report Card, it was exposed that only 37% of all fourth grade students in the U.S. were proficient readers and, in our home-base of Chicago, that number was just 27%.

students in an early childhood reading program | Reading in Motion
children using music and play for reading instruction | Reading in Motion

The academic future for those who haven’t gained appropriate reading skills is dim: NAEP scores at fourth grade are publicly reported predictors of a student’s likelihood of graduating from high school.

To add another layer, the discrepancy between the literate and illiterate is both racial and socioeconomic.

NAEP reported 47% of White fourth graders were proficient readers, with Black and Hispanic students testing far behind them at 20% and 23%, respectively. The difference is more pronounced when looking at income level alone, with only 22% of students from low-income households testing as proficient in reading, compared to 52% of students from more affluent households.2

Investing in every student’s reading ability can counteract this injustice, opening the door to a lifetime of choice and revealing a student’s potential to achieve any number of aspirations. In the best of circumstances, becoming a confident reader gives a child unending access to knowledge, avenues to explore the world, and the means to envision and strive for opportunities beyond their lived experience. Pragmatically, reading well early on has proven to mitigate a number of unnecessary life struggles–dramatically decreasing the likelihood that someone will live in poverty, drop out of highschool, be incarcerated, unemployed, and even succumb to substance abuse as an adult.

two children explore a giant book in an early childhood literacy program | Reading in Motion

Our Mission

To get every student reading at or above grade level within the first years of school through the power and discipline of the arts, especially students whose environment or circumstances put them in greater need of support.

With this charge, we have partnered with hundreds of schools to deliver our highly effective reading improvement program to over 50,000 students in under-resourced communities. By focusing on building foundational reading skills in pre-kindergarten through first graders, we’ve achieved outstanding results for our students that will have a positive impact on the rest of their lives. 


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The winner for our Teacher Appreciation Giveaway is @thirdgdteach !!!!! Congratulations please DM us to claim your prize!
The winner for our Teacher Appreciation Giveaway is @thirdgdteach !!!!! Congratulations please DM us to claim your prize!
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Teachers, thank you for what you do today and everyday! Please enjoy this link with free digital downloads to use in you classroom!
Teachers, thank you for what you do today and everyday! Please enjoy this link with free digital downloads to use in you classroom!
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On Cinco De Mayo, Reading In Motion wishes to highlight our Spanish program! In order to more effectively help our Spanish-speaking students, Reading In Motion adapted our English arts-based literacy program to bolster the fight against illiteracy in under-resourced communities. Our Spanish program is an entirely separate entity with fun and engaging songs, scripts, and lessons. The curriculum exists for Pre-K through 1st grade students.Meet Brenda, our dual language instructional coach. Brenda joined our team as an Extra Dosage Instructor in 2017. Brenda is fluent in both English and Spanish and does an amazing job with our Spanish classrooms. Happy Cinco De Mayo from Brenda and all of us at Reading In Motion!
On Cinco De Mayo, Reading In Motion wishes to highlight our Spanish program! In order to more effectively help our Spanish-speaking students, Reading In Motion adapted our English arts-based literacy program to bolster the fight against illiteracy in under-resourced communities. Our Spanish program is an entirely separate entity with fun and engaging songs, scripts, and lessons. The curriculum exists for Pre-K through 1st grade students.Meet Brenda, our dual language instructional coach. Brenda joined our team as an Extra Dosage Instructor in 2017. Brenda is fluent in both English and Spanish and does an amazing job with our Spanish classrooms. Happy Cinco De Mayo from Brenda and all of us at Reading In Motion!
On Cinco De Mayo, Reading In Motion wishes to highlight our Spanish program! In order to more effectively help our Spanish-speaking students, Reading In Motion adapted our English arts-based literacy program to bolster the fight against illiteracy in under-resourced communities. Our Spanish program is an entirely separate entity with fun and engaging songs, scripts, and lessons. The curriculum exists for Pre-K through 1st grade students.Meet Brenda, our dual language instructional coach. Brenda joined our team as an Extra Dosage Instructor in 2017. Brenda is fluent in both English and Spanish and does an amazing job with our Spanish classrooms. Happy Cinco De Mayo from Brenda and all of us at Reading In Motion!
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As children continue to face the challenges brought forth by the pandemic, Reading In Motion students still rise above. We need your help in guiding more children on the important journey to literacy as we adapt to the future needs of students all across our country. This year, with your support, our aim is to increase the number of learners who will have access to the tools they need to succeed in the classroom, at home, in pre-k centers, and beyond!
As children continue to face the challenges brought forth by the pandemic, Reading In Motion students still rise above. We need your help in guiding more children on the important journey to literacy as we adapt to the future needs of students all across our country. This year, with your support, our aim is to increase the number of learners who will have access to the tools they need to succeed in the classroom, at home, in pre-k centers, and beyond!
As children continue to face the challenges brought forth by the pandemic, Reading In Motion students still rise above. We need your help in guiding more children on the important journey to literacy as we adapt to the future needs of students all across our country. This year, with your support, our aim is to increase the number of learners who will have access to the tools they need to succeed in the classroom, at home, in pre-k centers, and beyond!
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Every child’s journey on the path to literacy is unique. With their teacher as their guide, our youngest learners start in pre-k, embarking on their voyage to literacy, unlocking mor
e opportunities and potential within their young lives. Learning to read is an adventure in and of itself. The pandemic added stress and difficulty to students who were already struggling. Your support enabled us to continue to deliver the tools our youngest learners need to be successful readers in school and beyond!
Every child’s journey on the path to literacy is unique. With their teacher as their guide, our youngest learners start in pre-k, embarking on their voyage to literacy, unlocking mor e opportunities and potential within their young lives. Learning to read is an adventure in and of itself. The pandemic added stress and difficulty to students who were already struggling. Your support enabled us to continue to deliver the tools our youngest learners need to be successful readers in school and beyond!
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How To Enter: Follow Us on Instagram and Facebook (2 Entries), Like This Post (1 Entry), Share This Post to Stories and Tag Us (1 Entry), Comment Your Favorite Children's Book (1 Entry). The winner will be selected on Monday, May 9th. Books will be shipped to your classroom.#teacherappreciationweek2022
How To Enter: Follow Us on Instagram and Facebook (2 Entries), Like This Post (1 Entry), Share This Post to Stories and Tag Us (1 Entry), Comment Your Favorite Children's Book (1 Entry). The winner will be selected on Monday, May 9th. Books will be shipped to your classroom.#teacherappreciationweek2022
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Thank you teachers from the bottom of our heart! Enter our 2022 Teacher Appreciation Week BOOK GIVEAWAY! Reading In Motion will supply your class with a class set of K-1 books.How To Enter: Follow Us on Instagram and Facebook (2 Entries), Like This Post (1 Entry), Share This Post to Stories and Tag Us (1 Entry). The winner will be selected on Monday, May 9th.#teacherappreciationweek #teachersofinstagram #teachersofig #teachers #weloveteachers #teacherlife
Thank you teachers from the bottom of our heart! Enter our 2022 Teacher Appreciation Week BOOK GIVEAWAY! Reading In Motion will supply your class with a class set of K-1 books.How To Enter: Follow Us on Instagram and Facebook (2 Entries), Like This Post (1 Entry), Share This Post to Stories and Tag Us (1 Entry). The winner will be selected on Monday, May 9th.#teacherappreciationweek #teachersofinstagram #teachersofig #teachers #weloveteachers #teacherlife
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Happy Earth Day from Reading In Motion! One of the best ways to celebrate Earth Day is with a good book. Take an hour today to unplug and READ!
Happy Earth Day from Reading In Motion! One of the best ways to celebrate Earth Day is with a good book. Take an hour today to unplug and READ!
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The ability to read can provide so much color to a child’s world! In pre-K to second grade, students are learning to read. In third grade and beyond, students read to learn. With Reading In Motion’s exciting and engaging curriculum, customized support, and individualized coaching, students will have the tools they need to be successful. The ability to read is an opportunity deserving of every person, it empowers the imagination, enhances skills and for children, inspires potential when literacy development is so very important. Your help today may determine a child's ability to reach their potential as a future mathematician, historian, scientist, or author. Click the link in bio to Give!
The ability to read can provide so much color to a child’s world! In pre-K to second grade, students are learning to read. In third grade and beyond, students read to learn. With Reading In Motion’s exciting and engaging curriculum, customized support, and individualized coaching, students will have the tools they need to be successful. The ability to read is an opportunity deserving of every person, it empowers the imagination, enhances skills and for children, inspires potential when literacy development is so very important. Your help today may determine a child's ability to reach their potential as a future mathematician, historian, scientist, or author. Click the link in bio to Give!
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Reading In Motion was privileged to send out sets of books to several of our classrooms. We received this amazing picture from the Kindergarten class of George M Pullman Elementary School in Chicago, IL. Thank you for sharing your joy with us, Ms. Hall-Neely! #readersofinstagram
Reading In Motion was privileged to send out sets of books to several of our classrooms. We received this amazing picture from the Kindergarten class of George M Pullman Elementary School in Chicago, IL. Thank you for sharing your joy with us, Ms. Hall-Neely! #readersofinstagram
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