Reading non-fiction can lead to children discovering self-directed inquiry … and naturally to enjoying even more terrific books!
Each discussant offers something to everyone else’s understanding.
Book giving should be a much more elaborate interaction between giver and the receiver than just delivering a thoughtfully selected, prettily wrapped present.
Conversation about shared experiences can develop children’s closeness with others and deepen everyone’s natural reflections about themselves and their lives.
Text and toy sets can help little ones begin to sense how books and things they love are connected to their families’ cultures.
Reading books with children and talking about what you read invites exploration of feelings and offers long-lasting permission to discuss all of life’s topics.
Children taught to ask questions enter school ready to learn.
I’m currently working with the Kentucky Humanities Prime Time Project in a school in my home town. The fabulous librarian coordinates this project which has invited 40 of the school’s Hispanic families (parents AND kids) to enjoy a light meal, some picture-book read-aloud time and participate in demonstrations of humanities-based conversations about the books once a week. Humanities conversations focus […]