Helping Children Become Good Readers
Whether we are reading to our own children, grandchildren or children we serve, there is so much we can teach them!
School’s out for summer! Children love those words! Children want to swim, play ball, sleep in, go to the playground, watch movies-all great things to do! But both parents and teachers want to make sure that our children are also reading over the summer! I remember when my children were young and we joined the summer reading program at our local library. You kept track of how many books you read and if you reached certain goals, there was some type of prize given out! The emphasis was on the “number” of books read. I now know that the number of books read is certainly not as important as the comprehension of what is read! And where did I gain this knowledge? From reading “How to Make the Children You Love Really Good Readers” by Lillian Restaino Baumann, Ph.D., one of our featured speakers at this year’s National Christ Child Society Conference and a member of our Boca Raton, Florida chapter!
Dr. Baumann has generously donated a copy of her book for every chapter. Her seminar at Conference, will help us think about ways to make our chapter reading/literacy programs more effective and meaningful. Most chapter reading programs are closed down for the summer, so it is a great time to evaluate your program and consider incorporating some of the suggestions that Dr. Baumann will give us in September to make your program every more valuable!
Going down memory lane again, I remember when my daughter wanted me to read “The Pokey Little Puppy” every night and I would say “please no-pick a different book!” And now my three-year old grandson does the same thing but I have learned that this is actually a very good thing. When he and I read the same book again and again, he is building images of the book in his mind and he now starts telling me the story instead of the other way around-a great beginning step to reading! He even gets his one year old sister to sit down as he “reads” her a story!
I love my grandchildren and will do everything I can to help them develop the love for reading that I have. As chapter members, the love we have for the children we serve makes us want to develop reading/literacy programs that will make a difference in the success these children experience later in life.
To learn more about this topic, plan on attending the National Conference September 29th – 30th in Bethesda, Maryland! Don’t delay-register today!
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We look forward to seeing all of you this September!
Thank you for all you do in the name of the Christ Child,