GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) A love of reading is the foundation of education for children. March is Reading Month, a time to focus on reading and boosting kids with books!
Educators at Mulick Park Elementary School help students develop a love of reading. They say reading is an important part of education because it opens the gateway to all subject areas. Reading is crucial for understanding science, social studies, math, and other subjects. Teachers at Mulick encourage reading by engaging kids in reading every day, introducing them to new subjects through books, and recommending different books.
Pastor Deborah McCreary is the coordinator over the Reading Mentor Program for fourth and fifth graders at Mulick. The program was started several years ago by Fifth Reformed Church, Plymouth Heights Christian Reformed Church, and Eastminster Presbyterian Church. There are 27 mentors from those churches as well as Hope Church, and Calvin College students, who come every week and spend an hour one-on-one with a student.
Tips for Developing Strong Readers
- Talk with your children
- Read to your child
- Find appropriate leveled reading material
- Ask questions about the text your child is reading
- Set aside designated reading time for your child