Families and individuals this week will celebrate Nationald Family Literacy Day by reading to children and grandchildren, taking them to the library and listening to school age children read at home.
The Prairie Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution encourages its members and others to take part in some way to help promote literacy in Lee’s Summit and Missouri. There are adults who need to learn basic reading. There are numerous immigrants who want to make Lee’s Summit their home and need to be taught English as their second language.
Lee’s Summit Community Church provides such an opportunity on Thursday and Saturday mornings with several teachers to help them. More teachers are needed as student numbers are growing. Prairie Chapter DAR has members who volunteer in schools to help students practice their reading and complete assignments. Others help students at Kansas City Literacy , LSCC and the libraries. Volunteerism is encouraged as learning to read is essential to living and working in our society. McDonalds is doing its part in promoting literacy by substituting a book in every kids meal from Nov. 1 to Nov. 14. These are special instructional books.
Here are some suggestions for each and every one who wants take part in making individuals literate:
• Visit your child’s classroom Nov. 1 and listen to children read or read a favorite story to the class.
• Have a grandchild tell you a story to start a family journal. They tell, you print. Have them read their words back to you, then have them copy it into a spiral notebook. Children have no problem reading their own words.
• Create a family timeline in their journal starting when Grandparents were born, married, had children and bring it up to the child’s life.
• Help with weekly spelling words stressing the sounds and syllables and don’t forget to point out silent letters.
These are only a few suggestions, but think up your own and write a letter sharing your activity and experience to DAR Literacy Chairman Carol Headley, 29708 E. Stringtown Rd, Greenwood Mo. 64034.