Researchers Have Found That There Are More Than a Dozen Books Per Child in Middle-Income Neighborhoods, While In Low-Income Neighborhoods The Ratio Is Closer To One Book For Every Three Hundred Children

As per the Urban Child Institute, not all children have high quality early childhood literacy experiences. Researchers have found that while there are more than a dozen books per child in middle-income neighborhoods, in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is closer to one book for every three hundred children. Compounding these differences, low-income families engage in much less conversation and use smaller vocabularies when talking with their children. The result is that there are stark differences in the early exposure to reading of different groups of children. In low-income families, time as well as money is scarce, and books may be considered a costly luxury.
In turn, children from low-income families are further disadvantaged when it comes to early exposure to reading. This, in turn, creates massive reading readiness gaps between even the youngest children. By age three, children from wealthier families have typically heard 30 million more words than children from low-income families.2 When they reach school, children from low-income families have one-fourth the vocabulary of children from wealthier homes. By the time children from low-income families enter kindergarten, they are 12-14 months below national norms in language and pre-reading skills.
Too often, gaps in reading readiness and language development become academic achievement gaps. While half of middle-income children in 4th grade are considered proficient, closer to 17% of low-income 4th graders earn proficient mark. Early reading skills predict general academic performance, and early deficits reduce the likelihood of catching up later on. For this reason, The Formula comes equipped with its own text. Throughout the course of program, students are required to read multiple books that are directly related to specific outcomes and literacy development. 

Rapidly Increasing & Improving Literacy Through Modeling, Meaning & Context

Our students look at the world as an ATM machine, full of trillions of dollars waiting for them to make withdrawals. Our students are taught that language is a tool that sends commands to the machine, ordering it to dispense the amount of money they desire. Our students are taught that literacy is a vehicle for articulating value to the machine, causing the machine to dispense an equal amount of money in exchange. As such, our students aggressively work to increase their command of the English language as they realize, literacy equals money. Literates are inclusive of:
Speaking
Listening
Reading
Writing
Facial Expressions
Body Language
Utilizing specific visual instruments native to The Formula’s curricular toolkit, we upload a large array and variety of such commands, at a very high rate of speed into the students literacy memory bank with not only vocabulary and definitions, but most important to comprehension, context. This strategy produces a whole host of literacy inclusive of ICT and model literacy.

The human brain develops at its earliest and most formative stages in line with a whole host of emotional, social, cognitive and non cognitive realms. Language and literacy give children the facility to successfully interact and understand their world. Reading expands our lexicon exponentially and exercises our most fundamental critical thinking skills, allowing us to learn the successful behaviors of others in private, while at the same time comparing and examining them to our own behavior. Reading introduces us to an endless arsenal of words used to understand our world and our place inside. Most important, literacy gives us supreme control over the machine.  
Scientist have concluded that the human brain cannot digest or understand phenomena of the physical world, if it doesn’t posses words to define and describe them. As does a computer’s database, placing a word on a phenomena opens up a memory field in the human brain and labels it for future reference. This labeling is a combination of definition, as well as visual context of the phenomena. This is the strategy The Formula employs when improving literacy in its students.