Sep 23, 2011

Reading to break the cycle

Reading students at Central Lakes College not only learn to improve their personal reading comprhension. They're given the opportunity to read to others, such as the pre-schoolers in the day care/ early childhood education center on the Brainerd campus. Instructor Jan Bedard provided the example of group reading. She demonstrates how to read stories, and the session offers discussion on lava, how humans hurt animals, setting off a volcano, and more. By understanding the value and process of reading to children, the college students have a better chance of breaking the cycle of multi-generational illiteracy -- and poverty. Individual reading by college students to one child is also helping both the college and pre-school reader.