It was easy to connect with this chapter since it was based upon developing literacy. Most of us are familiar with the correlation between parents who read to/with their children and the child's future success with literacy. We need to teach parents how easy it can be to spend time reading stories with their children. Are some parents afraid that they are not doing it "right"? Our Family Reading Nights are a great venue for modeling simple thought provoking ways to read with children. The authors say that less educated parents spend more time drilling letter recognition than with conversation and storytelling. These nights would be valuable to show them that reading and discussing stories has just as much, if not more, value as drilling letter and sound recognition. Parents can use these story times to not only have bonding conversations/connections with their children, but to also create a base for literacy success in the future.
Nicole and Cindy