I like it when the adults read to us -- it's fun!
TRC's Read-Aloud program provides high-quality, relevant and engaging out-of-school activities for kids living in shelters and transitional and affordable housing. Its foundation is the enjoyment kids and volunteers can have reading books aloud. That books can be fun may be a surprise to a kid who has never been read to outside of school and has no books of his own. So TRC trains volunteers and sends them to read with kids in shelters, transitional housing and affordable housing sites -- situations where parents are likely to be too stressed to read for the fun of it.
In the Read-Aloud program, the volunteers and kids read great books, selected to support a theme such as onomatopoeia, or superheroes or cats and dogs. Kids and adults share conversations and work on an activity related to the books' theme. And every week, the kids pick a new book for their own.
Because when kids like books and reading, they'll want more. And the more they read, the better the chances for a better future.
2017 READ-ALOUD PROGRAM EXPANSION
In March 2017, The Reading Connection willl open a new Read-Aloud program site in Annandale, Va. Our partner is FACETS at the Wedgewood Apartments. Funding to open the site was provided by the Giving Circle of Hope.