Our college’s elementary education students and children from the UCF Creative School for Children and Grand Avenue Primary Learning Center participated in the annual Read for the Record on Thursday.
Jumpstart's Read for the Record is a national campaign that promotes the importance of early childhood literacy through a worldwide shared reading experience. Adults and children read the same book on the same day.
This year's book was "The Bear Ate Your Sandwich" by Julia Sarcone-Roach. Children read the book during A "Beary" Good Read Aloud and participated in a variety of fun literacy activity stations.
PNC Bank sponsored and donated funds that paid for the children’s books, goody bags, and bus transportation and Publix donated $100 towards lunch.
The national event provides our college’s elementary education teacher candidates with an opportunity to interact with young children.
Elementary Education senior Ethan Hooper enjoyed participating in Read for the Record. He felt the event provided him with invaluable experience.
“The activities are centered on “The Bear Ate Your Sandwich” and were facilitated by students who are helping to improve the children’s learning, spelling, and math, and encouraging them to read.”
Our college’s associate lecturer and Read for the Record organizer Dr. Lee-Anne Spalding says the event provides children with an opportunity to engage in a fun literacy experience.
“I’m a huge proponent of reading aloud to all elementary school grades. Reading aloud provides a model of an affluent reader. The event re-affirms some of the things that they’re doing in their Pre-K and kindergarten classrooms and shows them that learning and literacy can be fun.”
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