Literacy enhancement beyond the skills involved in reading comprehension begins with basic curiosity about the world. As we explore the world around us, we create concepts in our minds about the objects in our environment and the people and places we visit and meet. Through experiences we move from concrete ideas about those things to the ability to think abstractly about them. Once we can think abstractly, we can read about those same things and add or change or evolve our concepts and apply them in different environments. Only through reading can we continue to evolve our understanding of the world around us and apply what we learn to new and different situations.