We are almost half way through the year and the A is for Adelaide Challenge. That is insane! This week we are talking about a charity. There are many that I could go on about, but I’m going to delve deeper into the one I give the most time to and why.
Part of United Way’s mission is that every child in every country should have a good education. Under that umbrella is their reader program, which is where I have volunteered for the last year. When I first signed up it was because it seemed fun to read to cute little kids. Since my training, I have learned that reading to them at early ages is vitally important and that increasing the words they hear has a lasting impact!
There is a “word gap” between low-income and high-income children that research links to the children from low-income homes not hearing as many words. By the age of 3 low-income kids have heard MILLIONS of fewer words than their peers which creates a major education disadvantage from the start.
Here are some recommended books from United Way, along with a couple of other resources I have come across. These resources are great for the summer when kids are home and hopefully there is some time to get that reading in!
Construction by Sally Sutton (Age level 3-7)
“There’s lots of noise and excitement involved in building a library! Preschoolers will clamor to take a close look. Award-winning duo Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock are back with another rhythmic read-aloud full of bustling illustrations and sound words that beg kids to join in. Thonk! Clonk! Clap! The team behind Roadwork and Demolition returns to the construction site, where big machines and busy workers dig, hoist and hammer away.” Provided by the publisher.
MOO! by David LaRochele (Age level 4-8)
“Pairing two talented creators who managed to tell a complete story with just one word–MOO–this imaginative story will have readers laughing one moment and on the edge of their seats the next, as it captures the highs and lows of a mischievous cow’s very exciting day.” – Amazon excerpt.
There are endless lists on Pinterest and the internet. Make a point of going to a library near you this summer and get those words in! Not only will it benefit your little one but the time spent together will be priceless:)
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