The Issue: Reading Aloud Helps Children Learn
In 1983, author Jim Trelease reports, the U.S. Department of Education worked with the National Academy of Education to organize the Commission on Reading, wherein experts explored the decline of literacy and enthusiasm in reading. Two years later, the commission issued a report titled Becoming a Nation of Readers. It determined that the "single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.” In the midst of educational-spending cuts, reading aloud at home can help children become independent readers and turn reading into an engaging family activity.
The Campaign: Train Parents to Read to Children
If this Grassroots campaign raises $200, then Ready, Set, Read! can host one Read Aloud workshop for parents at Primary Academy for Success School in Panorama City, thanks to matching donations up to $250 by an anonymous donor. Each additional $400 raised will fund transportation and materials for a workshop at another school in an underserved community of Los Angeles. The one-hour workshops teach parents how to stimulate interest in books and improve the vocabulary of their children by reading aloud to them. The workshops are taught in English and Spanish to reach as wide an audience as possible and include time for parents to practice the new skills with their children and overcome shyness. Each child also gets to take home a book after the workshops.
All donations will be matched up to $250 by an anonymous donor. You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Ready, Set, Read!
Because they believe books should be available to everyone, Ready, Set, Read! hosts parent education programs and classroom lending libraries to get children reading at home. During bilingual workshops, parents can learn techniques such as the dialogic method, which uses open-ended questions and discussions to engage children in content, making reading aloud fun for young children at home. The program focuses on demonstrating how influential the parents’ role is in developing literacy skills and self-confidence. Since 2000, volunteers and educators with Ready, Set, Read! have built more than 160 classroom lending libraries, taught more than 27,000 local parents to read with their children on a regular basis, and distributed as many books to those families.
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