Dear Friends -
Happy spring! The season of renewal is always an exciting time. Here at The Delany Center for Educational Enrichment we are actually busy prepping for the next season and our Summer Reading & Writing Program. The teachers and I are planning an exciting session that will reinforce what your children have been learning as well as enhance and enrich their academic potential.
The session, which will run from July 5 -28, will stress "brain-based learning" -- teaching methods and lessons based on scientific research about how the brain learns, including how students learn differently as they age, grow and mature socially, emotionally, and cognitively. "Brain-based learning" is motivated by the general belief that learning can be improved if educators base how and what they teach on the science of learning, rather than on past educational practices or established conventions. For more info about "brain-based learning," click here. Full and half-day sessions are available from children kindergarten to sixth grade. Space is limited, so register early. To find out more about the program, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 422-4135.
If you have been to the Center lately, you know it is always a hub of activity with ongoing one-to-one and small-group tutoring sessions in reading, language arts and math. Our certified tutors are dedicated to helping all children become lifelong learners. Whether your child needs an academic challenge or remediation, we can design a program to help him or her succeed.
Teaching doesn't stop at the end of the school week. On Saturdays we have been offering
Fast ForWord to a small group of third graders. Aimed at building reading skills, Fast ForWord
evolved from the work of a number of scientists at the University of California, San Francisco and Rutgers
University. This team started Scientific Learning shortly after publishing two papers demonstrating that
children who had abnormal temporal processing could be trained on software, which later evolved into
Fast ForWord. The children are midway through the program and signs point to improvement. Because the program provides instant feedback about each student, immediate intervention that targets foundational phonemic awareness, language, memory, attention, processing and sequencing skills can be provided.
School, teachers, tutors, computer programs and other academic supports all play a role in each child's success but, as I have always said, parents are their children's first and most important teachers. Indulge your children's curiosity. If they ask a question you can't answer, look for the answer together online or at the library. You don't have to know all the answers, you just have to know where to find them!!
Continue reading aloud with your children no matter what age they are. If you are looking for something new to read, here are two suggestions. The 2016 John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature is "Last Stop on Market Street," written by Matt de la Peña and the 2016 Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children is "Finding Winnie: The True Story of
the World's Most Famous Bear," illustrated by Sophie Blackall and written by Lindsay Mattick. Awarded by the American Library Association, The Caldecott Medal recognizes the artist of the most distinguished picture book and the Newberry honors the author of the most distinguished contribution to American children's literature. Both books are available at the library.
Keep on reading -
Sr. St. John Delany, PhD Director