por Mateo Ibranji
?The book club has helped me to open a dialog with my boy about what’s in a book, proper library behavior, proper treatment of a book, and how to use a book/library to find information.? ? Delia, Club de Libros para Padres
This quote from a participating parent (name changed) summarizes what BookSpring is all about. We know that in order to make every child literate and reading at their respective level, we must focus on the parent or primary caregiver. The parent is the most important link that we have with the child, and we strive to teach the parents how to introduce and implement books daily in their children?s lives.
El BookSpring... El Club del Libro de los Padres es una de las formas en que se logra este objetivo. Durante varios periodos de 6 semanas a lo largo del año, los padres y sus hijos de 2 a 6 años se reúnen semanalmente con los entrenadores de BookSpring en las escuelas o bibliotecas locales, y cada sesión incluye una lección específica dividida en dos partes. Primero se presenta a los padres las diferentes maneras en que pueden ayudar a su hijo, y la segunda parte de la sesión comprende of them interacting with their children and implementing the new ideas they learned. Not only does the program teach parents how to interact with the child, but it also shows the kids how to interact with the book, in turn teaching them educational aspects such as vocabulary, colors, emotions, and many more things.
It is also very common that parents find new programs and ideas through the Book Club. As Delia describes:
?At BookSpring I was also introduced to a student volunteer named Amanda who was recruiting for a study at the university. We signed up for the study and while speaking with Amanda, I learned she was a speech therapy student. My 3 year old just so happens to have a speech problem. Amanda was able to put me in contact with the university speech and hearing center, where I intend to seek speech services for my son.”
Estamos muy contentos de que nuestros objetivos de transformar realmente las vidas de los niños y sus familias para mejor se estén uniendo ante nuestros ojos, y sólo queremos luchar por otros más altos. Es un gran sentimiento ver a padres como Delia regresar y compartir con nosotros la diferencia que el Club de Libros ha hecho en sus vidas y lo mucho que significa para ellos.
“I have so thoroughly enjoyed each program I have signed up for and constantly talk about them to other moms, I have even asked for extra flyers so that I may place them at my elementary school.”
We are particularly indebted to our friends and supporters at United Way of Great Austin’s Success by Six program for their continuing support of the Parent Book Clubs in association with their Jugar para aprender program. We could not be having the impact we have if it weren’t for a community-wide effort to provide support for low income parents of young children.
“I found a flyer for Play to Learn, I was able to sign up with my 3 year old son. We attended every class with anticipation. My son loved being around other children, playing with all the learning tools, receiving books, play dough, paint, paper, and a abundance of other things. I enjoyed learning how to play with my child in a manner that was fun while still teaching him. When Play to Learn ended I was told about a book club for Parents called Book Spring.”
A través de estas colaboraciones entre escuelas, bibliotecas, centros comunitarios y el sector sin fines de lucro, creamos un camino seguro hacia el futuro para todos los niños, lleno de puertas abiertas y oportunidades.
Los detalles del programa de BookSpring y otras experiencias del Club de Libros para Padres se pueden encontrar aquí.