Joy of Reading
SIMPLE SAFE SERVICE
Simple Safe Service activities are designed to spark generous action and conversations promoting the good of all.
Reading aloud is great for both the reader and the one being read to. It’s also fun to share our favorite books with someone else and help ignite a love of reading and learning in their lives.
- Look through your personal library at home or on the internet to pick out a favorite children’s book from when you were younger. Or find a new book that has a theme you'd like to talk about and share.
- Practice reading the book several times aloud. You might want to read it in front of a mirror so that you can see what others will see when you’re reading.
- Pay attention to the sound of your voice. Change your tone and use special voices for different characters. Make your reading voice fun for the listener.
- Share the pictures in your book. Move slowly so that your audience has a chance to look at all of the illustrations.
- When you’ve finished the above steps, you’re ready to read it to a younger child or group of children.
- There are several ways to share your reading:
- You can read in person to younger family members or friends.
- You can make arrangements with a former teacher to visit and read your book.
- You can record yourself reading the book by using a smart phone, your computer or even an app such as Flipgrid THEN share your recording with your favorite elementary teacher.
- Or, you can choose to read something meaningful to a senior at a nursing home or independent living site. The company will be welcome.
Reflection: Who benefits from a read aloud activity? How are you helping a younger person by sharing your book with them? How does it help you?
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Learning to Give ...
- educates youth about philanthropy, the civil society sector, and the importance of giving their time, talent and treasure for the common good (knowledge),
- equips youth by encouraging philanthropic behavior and experience (skills), and,
- empowers youth to take voluntary citizen action for the common good in their classrooms, lives and communities (behavior).