March is reading month, so what better time to promote the Pay-It-Forward system of helping one another.
I asked Victoria to read to me. She read all the words correctly; but no pauses at the commas, no stops at the periods, and definitely no voice intonation. It seemed she wanted to get through as quickly as possible. Once she learned the rules and practiced, she read aloud with confidence confessing that comprehension improved, too. What a blessing to her.
Electronic devices are a wonderful help to students. Try the site http://www.meegenius.com/ for the younger ones. You can set the app to read yourself or have it read to the child. In the ‘Read It To Me’ mode, the application highlights the words as they’re read. Don’t you just love technology?
Can you imagine the smile on Grandma’s face when she opens the mail box to find a hand-addressed envelope? Writing letters to loved ones not only helps with reading, but also develops empathy.
Lots of Time – Volunteer
• Read at Schools
• Tutor one or more students
• Join your local Friends of the Library
The above are just a few ideas to get you actively helping others. Read to children at the library or get involved in tutoring any age. You might even be interested in joining the fund-raising group, Friends of the Library.
What are your ideas to help pay-it-forward?
Next week we’ll take a look into methods of teaching.