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Q: Who can participate in the Read to Me Project?
A: Children in 4th, 5th and 6th grades with young siblings at home who have not yet started school.
Q: What about the 4th, 5th, and 6th graders without young siblings?
A: These children receive the same training on reading to young children and are encouraged to read to a younger child as often as possible. If the school has a “reading buddy” type program, the training is applicable to any reading situation.
Q: Who benefits from the Read to Me Project?
- Children 6 months to 5 years will acquire kindergarten readiness skills.
- Teachers report improved reading fluency among the students participating in Read to Me Project.
- Siblings develop positive family bonds with siblings.
- Families will have children who are likely to grow up to be literate and successful adults and parents.
- Teachers see students who are ready to learn and excited about reading
- Communities and businesses will benefit socially and economically from a literate population.
Q: How is the Read to Me Project different from other one-on-one reading programs?
A: Read to Me Project empowers an army of elementary-age students (nearly 1,000 this year) to help bring literacy to approximately 1,200 younger family members. It takes place in the home, where children learn best. It is simple, accessible, low cost, and child led – sibling-to-sibling. It builds nurturing family relationships, and provides literacy enrichment to children as young as 6 months old.
Q: What kind of books do the children take home to read?
A: Read to Me Project has an inventory of thousands of books, curated for each age of early development: baby, 2 yr old, 3 yrs old, and preschool. The books are very carefully selected for readability by an emerging-literate child. Most books do not exceed a 2nd grade reading level. Where possible, multi-lingual books are included in Spanish speaking communities.
Q: Does the Read to Me Project involve the parents in the Home?
A: Read to Me Project is focused on the children in the home helping each other. That said, we recognize the importance of the parent’s role in enabling a culture of literacy and learning in the home which is why we meet with parents at their children’s schools in formal and informal gatherings to get to know more about them and answer questions they may have. We also conduct Parent Education Sessions when we talk about early brain development and what parents can do within their current lifestyle to maximize their children’s brain development. We give parents free books to add to their home library. Where possible, Read to Me Project partners with the schools and other community organizations that specifically focus on parent literacy and parenting skills.