Redlands Adult Literacy Program holds its first Family Literacy Event
Redlands Daily Facts: 8.15.2015 by Dottie Podolak, coordinator Redlands Adult Literacy Program
Many adult learners ask for help with their reading because they want to help their children read. With this in mind, the Redlands Adult Literacy Program held its first Family Literacy Event July 14 in Assembly Room of the A.K. Smiley Public Library.
Thirty parents and children attended the event.
Karen Duns, a local school librarian, talked to the group about the benefits of reading out loud to children.
Duns discussed key aspects for parents to consider when reading to children. These included focusing on the pictures and text to learn new vocabulary and build reading comprehension.
She also said that, when reading to children, parents should take the time to interact with the story by making predictions and pointing to words from left to right.
She said that if parents ask questions when reading, children are better able to focus and remember key parts of the book such as characters, plot and the main idea.
Duns stressed the importance of having books available in the home and highlighted books from the A.K. Smiley Public Library’s Young Readers’ Room as recommended reading for various age groups.
One of the highlights of the event was when Duns demonstrated how to read a book aloud to children. READ MORE !