What is one way to ensure that your child will have a bright future? Read to them. Statistics show that reading improves children's vocabulary and their ability to write better. They learn new words and how to use those words effectively when they are reading. Reading also develops a child's imagination by making them feel and think about characters. The high school publications class saw the importance and benefits of reading, so we went to the elementary school and read to the kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade classes to encourage literacy.
The school publications class taught by Mr. Redden consists of Elijah Austin, Evyn Barker, Sami Long, Jeffrey Kelly, Klayton Kroll, Caitlyn Mason, Brooke Mayfield, Andrew Powell, Taylor Rine, and Delaney Schulze. During our class period we went to the elementary school three times to pick out different books to read to the kids. The class agreed that their favorite part when reading was seeing the kids’ excitement and how interested they were in the books. The Llama Llama books by Anna Dewdney and Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen were the high school students’ favorite books to read. When the high school students were finished reading, the elementary children were allowed to pick out their favorite books and take turns reading back to us high school students.
The class would like to thank Mr. Redden for thinking of the idea to read to the elementary kids and would also like to thank all the elementary teachers for taking time out of their day to let us come and read. This was a great experience for both the high school and elementary students alike. Not only did this remind us of the importance of reading, but also to be someone the elementary students can look up to. So whether you are in school or at home, keep reading.
By Evyn Barker and Brooke Mayfield
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