Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

September 17, 2013

Love of reading gets helping hand

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — A group of Elmore City-Pernell Elementary teachers are trying a new approach — teach the parents as a way of helping their young students become better readers.

The program, described as “dynamic and fun,” is called “Love, Read, Learn.”

It starts with a free workshop for parents of Elmore City students pre-kindergarten through the third grade from to 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 in the school’s cafeteria.

Put simply, the program and workshop is designed to guide parents in ways to help their children learn to read and lay a foundation for the youngsters to have a life-long love of reading.

“It’s a workshop being put on by Elmore City-Pernell teachers,” said ECP second grade teacher Susan McConnell.

“We’re inviting parents to come for free and learn about ways they can help with their child’s reading,” she said.

“We’re trying to improve the reading of the kids here in the elementary school and involve parents.”

And getting parents involved in teaching their kids to be good readers is really the whole point.

“Learning starts at home,” McConnell said.

“This workshop is meant to show parents ways to help their child with reading.

“If parents want to get involved with their child’s education this would be a good place for them.”

During the one-hour workshop teachers introduce parents to easy-to-understand activities that integrate five key reading skills.

The goal is to instruct and help Elmore parents learn about some games and activities that can be used at home.

Those parents can then use those resources to increase their child’s reading abilities.

The real mission here is to give parents the tools they need to promote reading at home, according to McDonnell.

Funded by Dollar General Stores, parents taking part will receive a backpack for their child, along with many of the reading activities, such as flash card games and more on different reading strategies.

The school is sending notes home to inform as many parents as possible about this week’s workshop.

Although the gathering is free, parents are still asked to pre-register by contacting the ECP school or their child’s teacher.

The workshop will come immediately after the school’s parent-teacher conferences.