Happy Spring!!! After last week's end-of-winter snowstorm, it's nice to welcome the season of renewal.
The crazy winter weather hasn't stopped THE DELANY CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL ENRICHMENT from being a hotbed of activity. Our tutors and students have been working steadfastly and making great academic strides.
Most importantly, the children are discovering that learning can be fun. On a recent Sunday
Students and their parents enjoyed an afternoon of Tic Tac Talk About A Book.
the Center hosted eight 4th, 5th and 6th graders and their parents for Tic Tac Talk about A Book, an activity that was both fun and motivating. Prior to the event, each student read a book that he or she would recommend to others. At the event a giant Tac Tic Toe board with questions helped prompt the students when discussing their books. Questions included: Would you have chosen the same ending for the story? Does the main character bring joy or sadness to the story? Is the main character someone you would like to have as a friend? Among the books the students recommended to one another: I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor and I Survived Hurricane Katrina both by Lauren Tarshis and Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis The event was so successful that we are planning one for 2nd and 3rd grade students on Sunday April 23 at 1:30 PM. I hope you and your child will join us for this fun learning exercise.
In the next few weeks we are planning to publish "In Our Own Words," a book that will include one piece of writing, either a story or poem, composed by each child at the Center. The children are busy working with their tutors to create, edit and put the finishing touches on their literary contributions.
Speaking of books, The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the 2017 top books, video and audio books for children and young adults. The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature is The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. The Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children is Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. I hope you and your children will enjoy these titles as well as the many other books recognized this year by the ALA. To find out more, click here.
There are so many wonderful children's authors. Among my favorites is Theodor Seuss Geisel - Dr. Seuss - who wrote the beloved The Cat in the Hat in 1957. That book has been embraced by children for six decades selling well over 10 million copies and translated into more than 12 languages! The Journal News recently ran a very interesting article about the impact Dr. Seuss and The Cat in the Hat has had on children's literature. In case you missed it, here's the link.
I want to update you about Honor Roll Bound, a program launched last fall with a grant from the New York State Department of Children & Youth, involving 10 sixth-grade boys from Eastview School. The program, which aimed to equip the students with academic tools and inspire them to achieve "honor roll" grades, was so successful that we are seeking funds to offer it again. The Center recently submitted a proposal to the Rotary Club for funding to provide another session of Honor Roll Bound. Keeping our fingers crossed that the grant gets approved!
I don't have to tell you that times flies. I know that with your busy lives you are well aware of that fact. So I want to remind you that summer is around the corner. Now is the time to register for the Center's 2017 Summer Program, which begins on July 10. For more info, click here. To register, call 914-422-4135. We are looking forward to enjoying a fun and informative summer with your children.
As you know, The Center is always a hub of activity. For more information about any of our services or programs, feel free to contact me at 422-4135 or email@example.com.
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Sr. St. John, PhD