The importance of literacy in the RBKIA primary classroom
Mrs. Gail Mahoney | 9th October, 2015
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as well as the role of the Teacher and Parents.
As an educator and a mother of three of my own children, I understand and firmly believe that literacy and teaching our children the love of reading is a key component to ensure that our children become lifelong learners. In order to become a lifelong learner it is our role as parents and teachers to teach, your child how to read while enabling them to build fine habits so they fall in love with reading.
As educators and parents at RBKIA it is very important to build safe learning environments that encourage children to take risks, without fear of ridicule or retribution. As a parent you need to make it comfortable for your children to try out and strengthen their new skills, both independently and in the company of others. As a teacher this is also a practice that needs to be in place in the classroom and to work in conjunction with the home environment.
If children learn to love to read and choose good books (or are introduced to interesting literature), they soon learn to feel the power of literature to expand their minds and release their emotions. This can increase their desire to experience that power for themselves—thus enhancing their own desire to write. Even Children who cannot read well loves to dictate stories to their parents. In fact, most of the benefits mentioned above do not require that children read well for themselves—only that they are exposed to great literature.
It is extremely important as a teacher and parent at RBKIA to become a role model for our children. Adults can lead by example the importance of learning to read and how learn to love to read. We as educators and parents need to model to our children through our enthusiasm and dedication towards the reading process. Teachers at RBKIA as readers of both children’s and adult literature can go a long way toward fostering the love of reading by simply sharing their reading with students. When a teacher is excited enough about a book to share that they are tired from staying up late from reading, or when a teacher shares some new knowledge that her latest book has yielded, she is modeling positive adult literate behaviors that students may not always see in their homes. These wonderful ideas that are modeled by the teacher should be explained to the parents and ask that they implement the same in their homes.
I believe that it is the job of every teacher at RBKIA to market books and to remind students that reading is a viable entertainment choice. Older students’ lives become crowded with extracurricular activities, social obligations, and even part-time jobs. Finding 15 minutes to read at night before sleep can be a calming closure to the busy day. Parents are very busy with their own careers now a day and by finding the 15 to 20 minutes a night to read with their child or to their child will have a lasting impression and foster the love of reading.
Finally, motivating children who are non-readers, children who have some reading skills and adolescents to read is a genuine concern and should receive the highest priority by classroom teachers and their parents. If younger students are to increase their reading proficiency in reading assessments, more than test preparation and extended response drills are needed. Learning to love to read is something to should be extended from the classroom into each and every one or our student’s homes.