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Photos below are photos taken by Media Photographer, Bridgette Bastian, on the occasion of the Children and Adolescence Ministries (CHAM) speech contest held on Sabbath afternoon, July 7. 2018, at the Living Faith Seventh-day Adventist Church. The event was coordinated by Joan Scavella, CHAM Director.
Article By Orencia Ferril, Former Reading Specialist; Bahamas Academy
The importance of reading cannot be over emphasized.
Though not occurring involuntarily as breathing, reading nonetheless is as vital to scholastic success as breathing is for life and should be given priority. Reading must be artfully nurtured and relentlessly encouraged, especially in young children.
The home is a most valuable partner (MVP) in reading education and a fitting place at which to introduce reading and support reading mastery. Parents have at their disposal a plethora of creative ways in which to capitalize on the activities that they engage in with their child or children. Some ways include but are not limited to:
Modeling the Reading Behavior
Children tend to emulate the habits of significant adults in their lives. This fact makes modeling reading, an efficient method of nurturing great readers. Arlington & Cunningham (2007) assert that “What all children need and some need more of is modeling, explanation and demonstration of how reading is to be accomplished”.
Parents should let their children see and hear them read often. Reading aloud to children will provide them with a model of how reading sounds and an example of fluency.
This is a time-efficient approach that is useful in developing reading ability in children. It entails labeling familiar objects in and around the home. Children will independently associate the name label with the familiar object. Mastery is attained when the word is recognized in a new setting removed from the point of introduction as in a sentence or paragraph.
Reading to Read
Reading is an activity, so children should read to read. This may be accomplished individually or with peers. The more opportunities to read that are tapped into, the more proficient the child becomes. With reading it is a matter of practice makes perfect. The greater the engagement, the easier reading becomes and the higher the confidence and skill level of the reader rises.
Parents, do your part; do it well, consistently, and passionately. If you need help, investigate resources around you. Remember, God expects us to be effective stewards of the gems He has placed in our care.
Orencia Ferril, Former Reading Specialist; Bahamas Academy
This is a Community Services Project of the Berea Seventh-day Adventist, Blue Hill Road, South, Nassau
You are invited to donate your child's "old" school shoes that are in good condition and has more life and wear in them. Collected shoes will be donated to persons in need for the new school term during a "Back to School Day" at the church on Blue Hill Road in August. Shoes can be dropped at the Berea Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sundays during Pathfinders Club time, Sabbaths or Wednesday evening services until the August 19, 2018. Please give only what you would like to receive.
New Shoes and donations welcomed. You can donate any usable shoes, tennis or slippers. Any size, color or style. If it is not the right shoe for school it will be given to those who need shoes for other occasions. Thank you. For more information, contact Dr. Monique Mitchell at 802-3668 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us at Johnson Park Seventh-day Adventist Church, Farrington Road, Nassau, The Bahamas for Public Campus Ministries Day on July 14, 2018. It starts at 9:15 a.m. and continues to a special program at 6:00 p.m. dealing with Adventist Youth and fraternities and sororities groups. Should we be involved.
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