One of the best memories of my childhood was my mother reading to us nightly before bed. She always read a chapter of a book and if my brother and I begged long enough we might have been lucky enough to get a second chapter. This is something I try to instill with my own kids. No matter how hard the day, it always ends better curled up next to my children telling them a story. Unfortunately, not all children are lucky enough to get that experience.
Studies show that children who are read to have a better understanding of the written word and a larger appreciation for education. Here at Calo, we cannot make up for the past, but we can help the future. Every Sunday, our students are read to.
The first novel the students were read was the childrens classic, Heidi, by Johanna Sypri. They were given permission to bring a pillow to one of the classrooms. Once there, they were told to spread out and get comfortable. The lights were turned down low, and the teacher who was seated in a big leather chair started reading. For one hour, they were able to join Heidi in her adventures. Pessimistic minds turned quickly.
Now the students look forward to the Sunday reading time. New stories and adventures are being told, but it is the sound of laughter and the smiles on their faces that let us know they hear our tales. What a great way to spend Sunday afternoon!