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We are thrilled to announce that the Bring Me a Book project has been fully funded and is closing! Through your generous support, we have been able to provide training on read-aloud strategies for parents and caregivers, as well as access to high-quality children’s literature for families with young children.
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The Bring Me a Book project has completed the First Teacher Workshop training for all of the new volunteers on read-aloud strategies for parents and caregivers and is working towards including more for other Junior League of Portland members. A tentative First Teacher Workshop has been scheduled for January 2012 with Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.
We are currently working on expanding to include another partner site with Peninsula Children’s Center. We hope to work with them to do a First Teacher Workshop in the Spring. Initial meetings have been held and the partnership looks promising for next year.
The members of the BMAB committee are all very enthusiastic about working in the community. We have 2 leaders who were on the committee in the 2010-2011 year and at least 1 member with teaching experience who also attended the First Teacher training in 2010. We have created a well thought out map for the year with strong goals that we are determined to reach. Each member holds early childhood literacy close to their hearts and knows the importance of teaching these skills to others.
This fall we are adding a new partner a children's relief nursery to bring our program to. We will need to purchase a new bookshelf filled with children's books and other supplies to make this program successful.
The Bring Me a Book committee has been working hard this Spring! We have had the opportunity to take our training and use it to teach the First Teacher's Training to a group of teenage mother's at White Shield.
At White Shield we are working with about 13 mothers. In addition to teaching the mother's about the importance of reading aloud with their children we are interacting and reading with the young children. The moms are very interested in learning and have many insights into reading with their children. So far we have talked about brain development in infants and babies and how reading helps build brain connections. We have discussed different challenges parents may encounter with reading with their children. The moms brainstormed solutions for these challenges and are now able to face these (and other) challenges head on. Together we designed an effective routine for reading aloud! We have talked about why we read, who should be involved, etc. The girls learned techniques for making their read aloud fun and effective.
We are really looking forward to our last night with the moms at White Shield where we will get to celebrate the moms and their progress!
The past few months have been beneficial for our committee. We have been practicing what we learned in our First Teacher's training in October 2010. We have had to opportunity to train parents and are preparing for a month long training class coming up this April/May.
This past week we took our training skills to Coffee Creek Correctional Facility where we trained approximately 20 mothers in the medium security prison. We explained the importance of reading with their children and of fostering a love of reading between them. We talked about ways they could build a relationship with their child and reading while being away from them. In addition to brainstorming, we helped train the mothers for their reading with Between the Lines. We gave them examples of reading strategies for before, during and after reading. We talked about making connections and asking questions. We also talked about the importance of reading slowly and with expression. The mothers were given the opportunity to look through the books and to practice what we had talked about. They were able to ask questions and get assistance. Everyone seemed to learn a lot about reading aloud and they were all excited to read for their children.
We are continuing to practice our training and to come up with ideas for our training this coming spring with White Shield.
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