SIGN THE DECLARATION
OUR
EARLY LITERACY
PRIORITY
We, Philly Families, declare our children’s inalienable right to read, succeed in school, and secure a bright future. Families declare our children’s
inalienable right to read, succeed in school, and secure a bright future.
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WHY SIMPLE SIGNS
WORK FOR ALL KIDS

When our children are little, they can get easily frustrated when they can’t tell us what they’re trying to say.

SIMPLE SIGNS give us a way to talk with our children early on so they feel even more connected and understood.

When we use SIMPLE SIGNS, we’re doing “serve-and-return" exchanges that play a huge role in early learning.

Studies show the verbal skills of toddlers and academic performance of grade schoolers taught basic sign language as infants are ahead of their peers. Not only that, SIMPLE SIGNS can also curtail the “terrible twos.”

We don’t need to worry about getting SIMPLE SIGNS perfect right away. We just have to keep up the playful learning, remembering playful learning takes two.
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THE REVOLUTION
WILL BE LITERATE

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Early Literacy is a Family Affair

Families, check out these two fun, free and easy things we can do with our children to help them become strong readers.

Simple Signs

Simple Signs

Boost your child’s speech and early learning with starter words in ASL.

Freedom Schools Alphabet Song

Sing the sounds that letters make with your children to supercharge their reading.

"NOT LIKE US"
FREEDOM SHOOLS 
ALPHABET SONG REMIX

"NOT LIKE US"
FREEDOM SHOOLS 
ALPHABET SONG 
REMIX

Check out @frogberry__’s fresh take on the Freedom Schools Alphabet Song. This parody spins Kendrick Lamar's “Not Like Us” into a whole new vibe of phonics flow. Hit play and level up your learning!

Right2ReadPhilly
$1,000 Summer Giveaway

Post your family’s unique spin on SIMPLE SIGNS or the
FREEDOM SCHOOLS ALPHABET SONG
by August 31st, 2024
for a chance to win $1,000!

Playful learning and practice over perfection. Smiles, giggles, laughs welcomed.
1.

Record your family’s video.
2.

Share your video, tag us using #Right2Read or email us your video.
3.

Follow us on social media.
4.

Tag two families on social media.
Winners chosen randomly. Don’t wait. Giveaway closes August 31, 2024.

RIGHT2READPHILLY
CONTESTS/CHALLENGES

RIGHT2READPHILLY
CONTESTS / CHALLENGES

Help us amplify the
FREEDOM SCHOOLS
ALPHABET SONG
.

$250 Simple Signs
Summer Challenge

Make up a story, song, skit or rhyme that includes SIMPLE SIGNS by August 31, 2024.

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$250 Young Producers Challenge

Create a 60-second remix of the FREEDOM SCHOOLS ALPHABET SONG by July 26, 2024. Winner’s remix will get played on iHeartMedia stations. Watch an example. DOWNLOAD ACAPELLA.

LEARN MORE
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$250 Double Dutch Contest with
Philly Girls Jump

Send a video showing off your jumps and twists while double dutching to the FREEDOM SCHOOLS ALPHABET SONG by August 31, 2024.

LEARN MORE
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We, Philly Families, declare our children’s inalienable right to read, succeed in school, and secure a bright future.

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READING IS EVERYWHERE

The Philadelphia Alphabet Collection
"Bike"
Queen Village
"Cold"
North Philly
"Dare"
North Philly
"Fishtown"
Fishtown
"Green"
West Philly
"High"
Market-Frankford Line
"Irregular"
Citywide
"June"
North Philly
"Kensington"
North Philly
"Love"
Center City
"Mike"
West Philly
"Nice"
Market-Frankford Line
"Olney"
North Philly
"Picture"
Market-Frankford Line
"Queen"
Fitz on 4th
"Razz"
West Philly
"Sosa"
North Philly
"Time"
South Philly
"Up"
West Philly
"Vote"
Queen Village
"Were"
West Philly
"SiXers"
South Philly
"Yo"
Old City
"Zoo"
West Philly
Philly families, how many of our
city's ABCs do you know?


Click on each letter to find out.
The Philly ABC Collection
READING IS 
EVERYWHERE
Philly families, how many of our
city's ABCs do you know?


Click on each letter to find out.
The Philly ABC Collection
READING IS 
EVERYWHERE
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Level up! Share any letters you spot and look for more.
Post your favorites and tag us.

HEAR ALL THESE LETTER SOUNDS IN THE FREEDOM SCHOOLS ALPHABET SONG

LISTEN NOW!LISTEN NOW!
ONCE UPON A TIME

HELPFUL TIPS

Enjoy visual stories created by Mural Arts artists and neighborhood families.

WHAT FAMILIES ARE SAYING

"I’ve already shared the campaign on my Instagram story. Reading allows you to travel the world to escape."
Teeyona Crumpton
Northeast Philadelphia

WHAT FAMILIES ARE SAYING

"This song will help make schools meaningful for all kids,
and break the racist school-to-prison system."
Saleemah Nurid-din
Wynnefield

WHAT FAMILIES ARE SAYING

“Everything is beautiful and powerful.”
Brittany Holiday
North Philadelphia

WHAT FAMILIES ARE SAYING

“Right2Read Philly provides Philadelphians with a wealth of knowledge and resources about early literacy. ”
Kareen Preble
North Philadelphia

WHAT FAMILIES ARE SAYING

“Right2ReadPhilly is amazing.”
Samira Kiett
Southwest Philadelphia

WHAT FAMILIES ARE SAYING

“I think Right2ReadPhilly is wonderful. Parents need as many tools and resources as they can get their hands on. The website offers so many different opportunities for parents and children to engage in the love of reading.”
La Shawn Hurst
Southwest Philadelphia

WHAT FAMILIES ARE SAYING

“I immediately got three side chats "Thanks for setting that up. That was great" messages after the Right2ReadPhilly training. That neeever happens!”
Lizz Tooher, MPH, RN
Senior Director, Child Health and Education
National Nurse-Led Care Consortium, a PHMC affiliate

WHAT FAMILIES ARE SAYING

"The Right2ReadPhilly Training went great and the children loved it!"
Michael Coleman
President, Sturgis Playground Advisory Council

HELPFUL TIPS

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Helpful Tips

Be Role Models

Try using SIMPLE SIGNS in everyday family activities. We want our children to see our hands in action.

Try using SIMPLE SIGNS while doing everyday family activities.

HELPFUL TIPS

Helpful Tips

Hand-Over-Hand

When starting out, try making a SIMPLE SIGN on your child’s body or with their hands to make learning easy, interactive and cuddle-friendly.

When starting out, try making a SIMPLE SIGN on your child’s body or with their hands to make learning easy, interactive and cuddle-friendly.

HELPFUL TIPS

Helpful Tips

Make It Snappy

Through SIMPLE SIGNS, our little ones can learn to use words instead of crying, whining or other behaviors to express frustration. Help them make the sign, then give them the requested item right away to show how magical SIMPLE SIGNS can be.

Through SIMPLE SIGNS, our little ones can learn to use words instead of crying, whining or other behaviors to express frustration.

Help them make the sign, then give them the requested item right away to show how magical SIMPLE SIGNS can be.

HELPFUL TIPS

Helpful Tips

Playfully Learn Together

Approximations are just fine for little hands! We don’t need to worry about getting everything right. We just have to keep up playful learning together.

Approximations are just fine for little hands!

We don’t need to worry about getting everything right. We just have to keep up playful learning together.