Welcome To The Parents' Corner!
As your child's first teacher, research has shown that you have a strong and ever-lasting impact on his or her literary future. The Parents' Corner is YOUR page and is designed to give you tools, tips, and resources that you can use to help your child grow into a successful, life-long reader!
Tips To Encourage Your Child To Read
· Start sharing books when your child is born, and don't forget to keep reading with children into their teen years.
· Make a time and a place for reading in your home and encourage talking about reading in your family.
· Take advantage of "waiting" time to share books: on trips, at the doctor's office, in line at the grocery store.
· Set a good example - read on your own.
· Allow your child to select books to read and be aware of your child's reading interests.
· Give books as presents.
· Get to know the children's librarian at your local public library.
· Register your child for a library card. Get the one free card that brings you a world of opportunity - no matter what your age.
· When preparing for family road trips, stock up on audio books from your library. Let your children choose some stories to listen to in the car.
· Have family members share favorite ghost stories and/or adventure stories around the campfire at picnics and on camping trips.
Summer Reading and Learning Tips for Parents. (2013). American Library Association. http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=Literacy&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=13174
Benefits of Our Author of the Month
We do an "Author of the Month" each month here in the VDM Library. Sure, it's fun and the kids are always interested to see what's up on the bulletin board, but did you know there are more benefits to a monthly author study?
Here are 10 great reasons to encourage your child to look closely at our monthly authors!
1. Help students develop their reading skills
Reading books by the Author of the Month is a great way to get kids excited about reading.
2. Build critical thinking skills
With author studies, students learn to compare and contrast themes, analyze text and illustrations, and make connections between an author's life and his/her work and between the author's work and the reader's own life and work.
3. Improve writing skills
An author becomes a "writing mentor" for readers as they read and study his/her work and respond to it. This "mentoring" and students' writing responses can help kids build confidence in their writing and can even inspire them to become authors themselves.
4. Forge a deeper attachment to books
Kids often bond with "their" author, which makes reading a more personal, fulfilling experience. Kids may even want to read books that influenced their author, further expanding their reading experience.
5. Establish a community of readers
Author studies help classes, and even whole schools, form closer connections through shared reading experiences.
6. Expose kids to different types of literary voices and styles
Like adults, many kids prefer a particular kind of book, such as non-fiction, series fiction, fantasy, etc. An author study can be used to persuade kids to branch out. In addition, some authors, including Newbery Medalists Avi and Lois Lowry, write in a variety of literary genres, which makes it easy for kids who do author studies on them to try out different types of reading.
7. Boost information literacy skills
Learning about a new author can spark a child's interest in them, leading them to our biography section!
8. Plug in easily to the curriculum
Teachers can use the Author of the Month as a jump off point to talk about reading, writing, poetry, etc.
9. Make connections across the curriculum
Choosing a non-fiction author is the easiest way for teachers to connect science, math and/or history units with their language arts teaching. But these connections also can be made using elements of a fiction author's books (i.e., setting in a particular time or place, animal or historic characters).
10. Add fun to the school day!
Author studies are an entertaining way to spark students' life-long interest in reading, a particularly important factor for new readers and reluctant readers.