Something To Be Proud Of!
As of today (June 27, 2013), the 432 participants in our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program topped 100,000 books! Not only have these children read 100,000 books, but we have had 41 children finish the program already…AMAZING!
When the Children’s Room began this program in February of 2011, we had no idea what the response would be. It’s a huge commitment to participate and it takes dedication to write down all your books. We have been blown away by our parents who have jumped right in and participated.
Research has shown over and over again that children who have been given a strong foundation with books and reading have a higher success rate in school. Knowledge of the alphabet at the entry into kindergarten is a strong predictor of reading ability in 10th grade. Current research on early literacy and brain development indicates that it is never too early to prepare children for success as readers.
One of the most encouraging aspects of this accomplishment though is that these participants are just a small portion of the children in Wells County. Just think about how many books that our future generation is listening to in a year’s time…so many good mommies and daddies, grandmas and grandpas who have taken this research to heart and are equipping their children to be successful in our community and the world by reading to them.
As a resident of Wells County, that is truly something to be proud of!
Written by Stefanie KipferSalutations from the Children’s Room! This is Stefanie Kipfer checking in from the shelves of picture books, beginning readers and chapter books plus lots of true fact books. When I’m not singing, crafting or reading aloud to our youngest patrons, I’m searching for new books and audiobooks to fill their brains with fun and folly. If I actually get something written for this blog “it just shows what can happen if a person gets out of bed promptly (Charlotte’s Web).” Enjoy!
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