In conjunction with our Mayor’s Summer Reading Club Partners and the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy, we want to ensure parents have the tools needed to reinforce reading at home. Here are some ways you can make reading a regular and FUN habit at home.
“The way parents read makes a big difference in the development of their children’s vocabulary, comprehension and critical thinking skills. Therefore, one of the goals of the MSRC is to provide information and coaching to parents on how to better engage with their children while reading. Research shows that by reading with their children – not to them – parents greatly increase children’s language and literacy, developing the foundation they need to enter kindergarten as strong, confident learners on a path to grade level reading. The Rollins Center for Language & Literacy at the Atlanta Speech School has developed the READ strategy:”
- Repeat the book
- Engage and enjoy
- Ask Questions
- Do more with the book
-Rollins Center for Language & Literacy
What are YOU going to do with the BOOK?
Make a REAL world CONNECTION with your child. Read the book and take a particular portion of the story, topic or theme and connect it with an EXPERIENCE. For instance in Virginia Hamilton’s Bluish, there is a discussion about the Jewish religion and how they celebrate certain holidays. Take a trip to the William Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum to find out the history and culture.
Connect the reading experience by cooking and reading recipes, playing a game or grocery shopping together.
Are you providing enough EXPOSURE for your child? Today, there is much discussion on politics, local and national government, the economy and employment. How much does your child understand about the world around them. Take them to community meetings, voting polls and watch local and national news programs and discuss them as a family. Stress the importance of why laws matter to you, your family and them.
Next time you are visiting the dentist or doctor’s office, ask him or her to briefly discuss how and why they pursued their profession. What schools did they attend? How does reading play an important role in their career?
Is your child MOTIVATED to read? Ignite a love of reading by making it a shared experience. For example, read a book and then watch the movie! Here’s our little secret: The BOOK is always better! Compare and contrast how the movie was different from the book. What creative licenses did the director take in making the movie. Remember, the director has only an hour and a half to tell the story. How does he or she tell the story in a way to keep you interested and MOTIVATED? Is it exactly like the book?
How can you help?
A book for A child for 2 semesters: $20
Books for 1 classroom per semester: $250
Books for 2 classrooms per semester: $500
100 Books: $1,000
Author’s school visit & 100 books: $2,000
Company Sponsored Read-a-thon: $3,750
Branded Book Donation to the School’s Media Center
Classroom Guest Reader
Top & Most Improved Reader Award Recognition
Acknowledgment on Page Turners Website & Newsletter