Winter Sports begin at South Jeff HIgh School in November. Congratulations to our Pop Warner Football teams! They have performed with amazing perserverance and fortitude. Our teams keep on going and going like th energizer bunnies!
Picture Book Month
The following is taken from the ALA Website page on Picture Book Month:
Why Picture Books Are Important by Anne Marie Pace
According to my baby book, my first sentence was “Please read.” By the time my oldest was eighteen months old, it was pretty clear that reading was going to play as big a part in her young life as it had in mine. I’d plop her on my lap with a foot-tall stack of picture books to one side, and we’d read through them all. And then we’d do it again. When her sister came along, I put one girl on each knee. When Numbers Three and Four were born, we just squeezed them in.
I laugh now whenever I see articles extolling the necessity of bedtime stories. At bedtime, I sent my kids to bed. We’d had stories all day long.
Obviously the amount of time my kids and I spent reading together shows that I thought, and I still think, that picture books are important. But why do I think picture books are important?
My friend Corrie Kelly, a reading specialist and teacher education instructor at Longwood University, says this: picture books “are normally part of children’s first real independent book experiences. While oral storytelling helps them grow a love of hearing stories, picture books are the start to helping them grow a love of WRITTEN stories. Plus, from a reading specialist’s perspective, the use of picture cues in learning to read is one of the first strategies we teach our young readers.”