We are all born driven to learn. Sometimes the joy and love of learning are hampered by negative experiences, learning disabilities or other barriers.
Children may have deep feelings of insecurity if they cannot keep up with their peers in every day classroom activities.
Children need adults who listen to their ideas, encourage them and care about who they are, and who they are becoming.
Literacy is a key skill that has been identified by research to impact a child’s school readiness and later academic success. (Matthew Melmed, Zero to Three).
One-on-one interactions over time provide children and adults with meaningful relationships. This relationship supports the child’s developing skills, allowing the child to read at their own pace without classroom and peer pressures. It gives them time to be curious, to experiment, to explore what’s read.
Children’s ideas, interests, and their own stories are shared with the adult, and, in turn, the adult provides a supportive ear and voice for the child. These relationships support the resiliency of the child and help to instill the joy reading and learning.
Unlike pull-out reading programs that can stigmatize a child and leave them feeling ashamed, children see the program as something special. They enjoy being part of the program, and they take great delight in collecting their own home library of books to share with family and friends.