Friday, March 18, 2016

Book Club To Help Parents Discover the Joy of Reading

Love this idea of involving parents in the community to become active participants in their child's reading journey. 

Via Los Angeles Times

Illustration by Soumya Menon
Maria Onate had not read a book until her son started high school.

Her illiterate parents ended her schooling when she was 15, informing her that she had to get ready for marriage and work to help support the family in their rancho in Puebla, Mexico.

More than two decades later, she was shocked when the parent center coordinators at her son's new high school, Bravo Medical Magnet, suggested she join a book club. She was there for her child's education. She thought it was too late for her own.

"I hated to read," Onate, 44, said in Spanish. "I read in elementary school, but I never read on my own."

Twice a month the school's club de literatura meets as a way to encourage immigrant parents to become more involved in their children's education.

Torres-Flores started the club six years ago when she was attempting to increase literacy across the curriculum. She realized that key barriers to students' reading were often in the home.

So Torres-Flores began to focus on parents. "If I can get parents to want to read," she said, "those parents would see the value of reading and want the kids to read more."

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