Take your kids to “Reading on the Mall” Saturday

Take your kids to “Reading on the Mall’ Saturday (03/28/2012)
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Photo by Cynthya Porter
Event DetailsDate: Saturday March 31, 2012Time: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.Place: Winona Mall Cost: Free

Reem’s Comment:

This is a wonderful project to help children to increase their desire to read. This gave me ideas about encouraging teachers to consider setting up reading “areas” within popular Malls (Shopping Centres). Children are there with their parents anyway and would come into the reading “area” to listen to a story and participate in fun activities.

There are many suggestions for ways to make this work. Below are selected quotes highlighting the article.

Please read the entire article. It is worth the time!

Selected quotes:

To celebrate “Read Across America Month,” Dr. Donna Helble, education professor at Winona State University (WSU) and 100 students in her Children’s Literature class are once again sponsoring the 27th annual “Reading on the Mall” event to promote literacy among children

Her lifelong goal was to motivate young minds and teach the importance of reading. And after more than two decades at the helm of such an important community-wide event, her message has remained the same.

“What I want is to see all of these people in the community reading,” she said. “I want them to know reading is fun and enjoyable and to become lifelong readers.”

“Reading on the Mall” is a fun family event aimed at getting kids interested in reading. Helble said participating in fun activities while reading a story helps foster positive attitudes toward reading.

“When you share a story with a child and then do activities related to that, it makes the story more memorable,” she said. “This helps promote comprehension and vocabulary development.”

As part of this idea, a Make It and Take It puppet table will be set up for kids to take part in puppet making. And when they are finished, they have a toy to bring home.

Celebrity Readers are also part of the fun as many well-known residents will be reading some of their favorite stories.

Young children and college students are also performing a variety of plays including The Three Little Pigs, If You Take A Mouse To School and The Rainbow Fish.

First graders from Madison Elementary School, and first, second and third graders from Washington-Kosciusko Elementary School, among others, will be performing choral readings, puppet shows and original stories and encourage all to participate.

“The target audience is toddlers and students through grade two,” Helble said. “The activities and books that have been selected are basically for beginner readers. Picture books with rhyme and rhythm and performances for kids.”

Children and their parents are encouraged to come dressed up as their favorite storybook character for a chance to win prizes.

“I really want to get them on the right path to reading, and help them select good, appropriate literature,” Helble said. “This is really a labor of love and I want the children to read and I want them to have books.”

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