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September 17, 2018

We are FLYing with United Way’s ReadingPals

Reading to our children is important.  Not only does reading enhance a child’s vocabulary, and to help them understand how to read and write, but reading aloud to children also helps them to understand different topics about the world and every day life.

ReadingPals is a United Way program where volunteers set up our young children to succeed. ReadingPals ask questions about the book they read with their Pre K – 3rd grade student.  The ReadingPals give the students a chance to speak about what is happening  in the story and use the time together as a learning experience. It also helps to develop an interest in different cultures and languages because a wide variety of texts are chosen.

Following the story our ReadingPals are using our FLY (Family Literacy Year long) kits to play games. Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development.  It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them.

The FLY kits are a series of 22 standards based games that support classroom learning.  These games have been designed to be interactive and fun.  The games provide our preschoolers with the opportunity to sharpen certain academic skills. The games involve counting, color matching, comparing letters and numbers. Games like picture lotto  help to expand our preschooler’s vocabulary and give her practice at analyzing and matching pictures.

Our ReadingPals and their commitment to preschool students will ensure all our kids are soaring!