Grandparent Read-a-Long Coming to the ELC
Attention Grandparents! Do you have 15 minutes to spare next week? What if we told you that in those 15 minutes, you could encourage creativity and brain development, while also nurturing a supportive and loving relationship with a child in your life? Sounds like a great opportunity, right?! That’s why we are inviting our ELC grandparents to read with our students next week – September 14 – 18!
Last year, our special grandparent reading visits were such an exciting and enjoyable time for our students and their families, and we don’t want our kids to miss out on this special experience because of COVID-19. Thankfully, we have technology that we can use! This year, grandparents can use Facetime to call our teachers and read to their little ones.
Why is reading so important? Research continually shows that reading with children – even infants – puts them on a path to lifelong success. “Children that are read to more often have improved language and listening skills, experience stronger emotional connections to their loved ones, and gain a lifelong love of reading.”
Reading grows a child’s imagination – giving them a window into worlds of excitement and fantasy – while helping them to learn and understand parts of the world around them. Spending time reading together helps children develop communication skills, patience, and empathy, while creating a positive association with reading that lasts a lifetime.
Grandparents play such a precious role in a child’s life. “Studies show that as many as 9 out of 10 adult grandchildren feel that their grandparents influenced their beliefs and values.” While parents are typically focused on the day to day details and minutia that life with a child entails, grandparents can offer a long-term perspective that recognizes the adage, “The days are long, but the years are short.” Grandparents are usually the ones who prioritize playtime over schedules, fun over work, and snuggles over sleep. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Ready to signup? Each class has reading time slots at 9:00 AM and 3:45 PM each day, September 14-18. Contact your child’s teacher and signup for a day and time that works for you, and provide your Facetime phone number. The teacher will call you at that phone number when it is time for you to read, on your designated time/day.
And remember, as Dr. Seuss said, “You are never too old, too wacky, or too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”
Ministry Village Early Learning Center
1724 E. Olive Road, Pensacola, FL 32514