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New series: Help your child discover the joy of reading

A four-part workshop for parents and children

When: Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31

RSVP: Click here to reserve a spot. We can accommodate up to 20 participants. Families will receive a new book each week.

Join us for a fun, lively and innovative series designed to help youngsters learn to love books.

This workshop is geared toward preschool-age children. Parents are encouraged - but not required - to bring their little ones. Childcare and elementary-age activities are available for kids not attending the program.

Our friends from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library and Read Charlotte will reveal the art and science behind "active reading" - i.e. reading a book with a child rather than reading a book to a child. This evidence-based approach improves children’s language skills, vocabulary and ability to understand what they read on their own.

Session One, Jan. 10: Join Amrita Patel and Jasmine McNeil, from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, as they introduce active reading, with a focus on Picture Walks and Print Knowledge.

Session Two, Jan. 17: Discover effective ways to read storybooks with your child. Storybook reading builds kids’ language and vocabulary, and fuels later reading success.

Session Three, Jan. 24: Gain practical tools to boost your child's vocabulary - a proven way to have great success in reading.

Session Four, Jan. 31: Learn the importance of Open-Ended Questions and Connection Literature to a Child's World, and how you can improve your child’s ability to comprehend literature through a variety of techniques and strategies.

Case study

Picture books are a great way to teach kids learn new words that we don’t say every day. Teaching them these new words will help them become stronger readers. Help a child id find new words in this book that they don’t already know. To focus on vocabulary while you read a book:

  • Ask what words mean. Example: What’s a bonnet? Do you know what a bonnet is?
  • Connect words with pictures. Point to pictures in the book to help children understand the meaning of words.Example: Who is wearing a bonnet? What color is it?
  • Act out the book. Use facial expressions, sounds, or physical movements to demonstrate what words mean.Example: Don’t just read “whisper”; whisper the word as you say it. Ask what whisper means and get the child to do it.
  • Connect new words to words they already know. Example: A bonnet is a type of hat, like the red hat that you wear.