On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, Joan Auciello, Reading Specialist at Vinal and I invited parents and caregivers of PreK-5 students to a presentation of proven ideas from research to help students strengthen their literacy and math skills at home.
Reading aloud to children has been called the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for success in reading. Reading aloud help children learn new words, learn about the world, learn about written language, and see the connection between words that are spoken and words that are written.
One of the videos (linked below) we shared with the group was a TedTalk by Ms. Rebecca Billingham, faculty at Columbia University Teachers College in the Literacy Specialist program. She discusses why should we keep reading aloud to kids even when they can already "read on their own". This talk demonstrates the magic of read aloud and reminds us all why reading aloud is so essential- at school and at home.
Dr. Seuss (played by Mr. Lee Leonard) joined us to pull a raffle ticket for a copy of The Read Aloud Handbook, generously donated by Joan Auciello. Coffee, snacks and water were generously donated by the PTO and delivered by Jen Chapin, Vinal School PTO President.
Below is the link to the video. You may need to cut and paste the link into your browser. Enjoy!
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