Children love to have their family members be part of their learning. So, I am looking for parents/grandparents to come in for 15 minutes at the beginning of the day (8:00-8:15) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. You will help children read their ‘take home book’. You can come any day you are free. You can come as often as you like. Your job is to help children with words they may not know and/or listen to a child read their ‘take home book’ to you. Please send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Here is what the 15 minutes looks like:
The children pick one book from their book basket. Then they sit down at a table and read their book two times. If a child raises their hand, it means they need help. Go over and help them. Once you have helped them, walk away so they can develop their independent reading skills. If they need more help, they will raise their hand again. After they have read their book twice, the children go to the carpet and find a partner. They are expected to say, “May I read this book to you?” and the partner is expected to say, “Yes”. This is where you can ask a child to read to you or they may ask you to listen to them. Your job is to praise, encourage, and compliment the child on their reading.
We are practicing ‘whole body listening’ when we read with a partner.
The listener (that’s you) will:
*Look at the book
*Listen to the story
*Help when needed
*Ask them questions about the story they are reading.
The reader will:
*Hold the book so their partner can see it
*Speak loud enough for their partner to hear
*Point to each word
*Say ‘thank you’ to their partner for listening
Once we are done, the children will put their book in their ‘take home’ bag and go to the carpet. This is when you leave and we will start our morning meeting.
Here are some things to keep in mind if you are available to volunteer.
- Children are at different levels of their reading ability. That’s OK. We help the children get better by encouraging them to read, read and read.
- We do not discuss children’s abilities with anyone. We keep it professional. Some children have very little English and will need time to learn the vocabulary that is necessary to read in English. Other children need time to learn the letters and sounds that are necessary to read.
Thanks so much for your support,