Mrs. Aaronda Beauford

Phone: 610-626-9111

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts, University of New Orleans Masters of Education, Cheyney University Career and Technical Education Principal's Certification, PACTA

Mrs. Aaronda Beauford

“Children are made readers on the laps

of their parents.” – Emilie Buckwald

 

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

     Any parent and educator will tell you that READING is connected to children's overall success in school and in learning in general.  Research shows that a parent's involvement in their child’s learning, especially reading, positively affects the child’s performance at school.  However, we live in a world in which the average child in the United States spends roughly 4 1/2 hours a day watching TV, 2 1/2 hours listening to music, and about 1 and a quarter hour playing video games.  Yet, they spend far less time reading and less than 4 minutes reading non-fiction text.  Furthermore, studies indicate that many students do not choose to read often or in great quantities.  Whose houses do these children live in?  Hopefully, not ours!  As parents, it is up to us to establish the importance of reading in our homes!

      What can you do to GET STARTED PROMOTING READING IN YOUR HOME TODAY?

MODEL.  MODEL.  MODEL.

Your child needs to see YOU reading.  They need to hear you demonstrate how to work through sounding out words, prating reading fluency and adding liveliness to the text.

TALK.  TALK.  TALK. 

Research shows that the impact of language on a child is HUGE.  According to a study, low-income children are exposed to 1 30 million fewer words than that of their higher-income peers.  As a result, the afore-mentioned children were said to have smaller vocabularies, difficulty expressing themselves verbally and in writing and eventually fall behind in reading.  Although there is currently some skepticism about the income word and language gap, talking to our children and allowing them to overhear appropriate family conversations, is beneficial in that it builds their understanding of use of language, words in context, how to ask questions, how to listen for answers and how to participate in a conversation.

ASK QUESTIONS.

Help your child develop critical thinking skills and to support their learning by asking them questions every day.  Use a series of questions to help your child delve deeper into a matter and to help her/him explain her/his answers or viewpoint more clearly.  Ask questions that challenge her/his viewpoint.  Ask questions that push your child to think through a matter.  Don't give up if your child becomes frustrated.  Your scaffolding question upon question expands your child's thinking and forces your child to see various ways to think about something.  It builds brain power in that your child won't tire easily while working through a problem.  Remember to ask open-ended questions (questions that require more than just a yes or no as a response.  Ask: 'What?', 'How?' and 'Why?'  Ask: 'Tell me more about...?', What would happen if...?, What would you do if?..."  In doing so, you teach your child to have a global perspective, to think about things beyond what your child thinks she/he knows...to consider matters beyond her/his traditions, beliefs and community.  It also shows your child that you are interested in how she/he feels and thinks.

LABEL ITEMS IN YOUR HOME.

Label the refrigerator, a chair, the television, the toilet, a lamp, the clock, the wall...anything and everything your child sees every day to encourage her/him to build word, letter and sound recognition and sight word vocabulary.  This helps your child to be print aware in her/his natural, home environment.  Before you know it, your child will be transferring knowledge of these words to his/her reading!

READ TO YOUR CHILD REGULARLY. 

Take the time to read to your child each and every day or as regularly as you can.  There is no substitute for reading to your child.  Get into character.  Make the sounds indicated in the book.  Stimulate your child's imagination and love for reading.  Reading aloud also improves your child's attention span and patience as your work through a story.  Your child loves the sound of your voice.  And what a gift right before your child drifts off to dreamland.  Make it a priority and, in the famous words of my childhood, JUST DO IT!

Throughout the school year, I am asking that you commit/recommit to quality literacy in your home and to reading to and with your children before bedtime every day.  You can do it!  I know you can!  Please let us know if you need any support.

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There is much information bout the vital part parents play in making their children lifelong readers.  I've included some excerpt for you below from some of such resources.

As education and the successive workforce shift into the digital era, traditional reading — at least as we know it now — may gradually disappear.

A 2014 New York Times report demonstrates how reading for fun is faltering; only 31 percent of children who participated in the report read for pleasure on a daily basis, which is down 6 percent in just four years. The report found that children who read consistently until high school were often read to since childhood by their parents.

Reading helps children develop mentally, it encourages creativity and comprehension, and it even gives children a better chance to remain on the straight and narrow. Eighty-five percent of juveniles in the nation’s juvenile court system are functionally illiterate; over 60 percent of incarcerated individuals are functionally illiterate.

Also, reading at home gives parents and children time together in a constructive activity. Kristin Harmeling, a partner for the international research firm YouGov, commented on this: “I don’t think that parents know how important that time is and the role that it plays in children’s lives.”

Parents who make reading for pleasure an important part of home life ultimately give their children a better chance to succeed on multiple levels. In education, reading at a proficient level by third grade is critical. Literary specialist Kathy Callister found that third grade was the pivotal moment in early education because it’s when the students move beyond fundamentals and start reading for meaning.

Lizzy Reano, initiative manager of KSL’s Read Today program, told the Deseret News that if children aren’t proficient in reading by third grade, they are four times more likely to drop out of high school in Utah.

Reading early on in the home is a big step in the right direction to help children reach proficiency by the third grade. Alarmingly, 91 percent of parents who took a Scholastic survey reported reading less to their children as soon as the child reached age 9, which is about third grade.

The main reason parents stopped reading to these children is because the children could read independently by then. But 40 percent of the children of that age group said they wanted their parents to continue reading to them. And the children’s reasons? Because reading with parents provided a special bonding time, and reading together was a fun activity. By contrast, the main goals of the parents in reading to young children at home were to improve their child’s vocabulary and language skills, followed closely by a strong desire for their children to enjoy books.

So, whether parents read to their children at home to prepare them for school, to open doors for them down the road or simply to increase family bonding time, parents should make reading at home a regular pursuit.

Source: "In Our Opinion: Parents Reading to Young Children Leads to Literacy, Bonding Benefits." Deseret News 25 Jan. 2015: 1. Web.

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Reading books with their children is one of the most important things that a parent can do to help

their children become readers. - US DOE

“As parents, the most important thing we can do is read to our children early and often. Reading is the path to success in school and life. When children learn to love books, they learn to love learning.” – Laura Bush

Children whose parents read to them at home recognize letters of the alphabet and write their names sooner. - C.W. Nord

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty.  It should be offered to them as a precious gift. — Kate DiCamillo

One of the greatest gifts adults can give—to their offspring and to their society—is to read to children. — Carl Sagan

A book is a gift you can open again and again. — Garrison Keillor

Children who are read to regularly by parents…become early readers and show a natural interest in books. - Van Ijzendoorn

Reading to your child is an investment in his future. - Anonymous