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Partnership for Children provides active reading workshops

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SELMA— The Partnership for Children of Johnston County provided three workshops on active reading in June. The two-part workshop for parents with children ages 2-5, offered at its Selma and Benson locations, were presented in both English and Spanish. Each family participating in the program received two free books after each workshop.

“It is important to instill a love of reading in my children and I want my kids to see and understand as many books as possible,” said Monique Boyd, a parent attending the workshop.

Active reading combines decades of research into things adults can do while reading with children. These techniques have the greatest potential to raise children who have strong beginning reading skills and are ready to learn when entering kindergarten.

Active reading workshops engage adults and children in enjoyable reading experiences that develop over time. At the core of the workshops are the ABCs of active reading: Ask questions, Build vocabulary and Connect to the child’s world.

The workshops are implemented in two 60-minute sessions and include a 15-minute segment for parents to practice the skills they learn with their children.

Read Charlotte & Charlotte Mecklenburg Library developed the workshops.

The Partnership for Children of Johnston County is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the safety, health and emotional well-being of young children by enhancing the quality of child care and supporting strong families. To participate in any of the agency’s programs, call at 919-202-0002.

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