Hi, everyone. You are invited to join a Reading Club on December 15 at 1PM held by our partner, The New York Public Library. Register here: https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2021/12/15/adult-basic-reading-club-december-15th.
Our program is happy to have a long-standing relationship with the Seward Park Library. Go and check out their story time at the times mentioned above. The library is located at 192 East Broadway and can be reached at 212-477-6770.
Here’s a great, new, free kid’s book about the coronavirus vaccine and how it works. Click here or on the image above to begin reading!
Every year our Adult Literacy Program students learn to read children’s books in a fun, interactive way to boost family literacy practices at home. A couple classes also get the chance to read to University Settlement day care classes (see the video above). Adult Literacy Program students specifically learn before, during, and after reading strategies that they can use at home in order to make reading a meaningful, exciting family activity. Here are a few:
BEFORE READING STRATEGIES:
Talk about the title, author, and illustrator.
Ask questions about the cover.
Talk about the pictures on the cover.
Have children make predictions about what they think the book is going to be about.
DURING READING STRATEGIES:
Change your voice and use body language.
Point at the words as you read.
Ask more questions to check comprehension and build on children’s prior knowledge.
Ask questions about the pictures and make more predictions.
Have children repeat after you.
AFTER READING STRATEGIES:
Review important vocabulary.
Have children summarize/retell the story.
Ask more questions connected to children’s own experiences.
Have children play a game or create art based on the topic of the book.
TRY THESE YOURSELF AT HOME TODAY!
The Writing Program at NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study has just published the twelfth volume of The Literacy Review, which is a collection of excellent writing by adult education students in New York City. University Settlement’s own Tammie Tai has a story in it called “Bone Soup.” Here it is – you can click on the pages for a larger view:
Professor June Foley, Director of the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study’s Writing Program, teaches an advanced writing class right here at University Settlement on Fridays. To learn more about NYU Gallatin’s Writing Program, click here.
To download a copy of Volume 12, click on the image below:
We all know reading is important. It is also very important for children to learn and enjoy reading and for parents to spend time reading with their children. Reading to your children helps build a better relationship, improve their education and academic performance (grades), and many other reasons. You can read a short list of some of the benefits of reading HERE and HERE.
To help you spend more time reading with your children we are sharing a list of some of the most popular children’s books. Some of these you may know, some of them may be new, but all of them are valuable and worth reading.
Let us know if you know any of these books or have any suggestions of your own. Share in the comments section.