As 2015 winds down, it's a good time to reflect. It's been a year of "firsts" for The Delany Center for Educational Enrichment. Last March we sponsored our first symposium -- Reading & the Brain. The event drew educators, administrators, psychologists and parents. The feedback was so positive that we are planning another one -
- The Brain & Memory, to be held on March 12 with Andrew C. Watson, MEd, MA, President of Translate the Brain.
Another first this year was the Inaugural Delany Literacy Award which honored Dr. Iris Pagan, Executive Director of the County's Youth Bureau, and Neil Waldman, children's book author and illustrator. The event was a wonderful success and plans are underway for the next one.
Once again we partnered with Barnes & Noble for two Book Fairs. The most recent drew children of all ages who enjoyed Dr. Seuss stories as well as Seuss-themed arts and crafts, and entertainment. Many, many thanks to Barnes & Noble for being such a steadfast friend to The Center. Click here to see photos.
2015 was eventful and 2016 promises more of the same. Save these dates:
March 12 -- The Brain & Memory Symposium
April 2 -- 2nd Annual Delany Literacy Awards
June 4 -- Family Literacy Day
In January we plan to hit the ground running with two new programs. On January 9 we are initiating a research project with third grade children who are reading below grade level. This four-month program called Fastforward will involve 10 children who will meet weekly for instruction from a teacher as well as computer work. On January 24 we will offer Tic Tac Talk for fifth and sixth graders from Mt. Carmel School in Elmsford. The program will offer these students an opportunity to talk in small groups about their favorite book and encourage others to read.
Brr! Winter is fast approaching with the upcoming Winter Solstice (December 21) -- the shortest day and longest night of the year. Many children's books have been written about the Winter Solstice. Click here for some suggestions. Every season is a great season for reading but winter is especially conducive to snuggling with your children and enjoying stories, legends, nursery rhymes and fables. Winter is also a great time for indoor games which can be educational as well as fun -- MadLibs, Pictionary, Hangman, Scrabble and Boggle. Introduce your children to crossword puzzles, a great way to build vocabulary and spelling proficiency. Of course there are many computer word games as well. Click here for some suggestions.
Also during 2015 I had the privilege of seeing the Center renamed The Delany Center for Educational Enrichment. I can't begin to express how honored I am. What began as the germ of an idea on 1972 has blossomed into a vibrant hub for learning and academic challenge that has encouraged thousands of children to become lifelong learners. We are committed to encouraging your children to reach their full academic potential. Please contact me to find out how we can best meet your child's needs. (firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-422-4135).
I wish you and your children happy holidays and all the best in 2016. I hope one of your New Year's resolutions is to read, read, read with your children.
Sr. St. John