Connecting Readers and Writers to the Word:  African American Read-in

This February, as we celebrate Black History Month, my school gave the African American Read-in another try, but with a different flavor for this event In the past, I would get approved for everyone to “Stop Everything and Read” at a specific day and time. Students and teachers, along with other staff were to read […]

Connecting Readers and Writers to the Word: Empowered by Creativity

Happy New Year! This year, I’m focusing on a specific and unique ‘word’ instead of my usual resolutions. Actually, I gave up on resolutions a few years ago. I never kept them! While one’s word for the year can be a verb or a noun, I chose the action word, “empowered.” Little did I know, […]

Connecting Readers and Writers to the Word: National Family Literacy Month

This month, let’s snuggle with the entire family and open a good book. Studies reflect that reading aloud with parents, grandparents, etc., is the most significant pastime when preparing children to read independently. Reading contributes in the increase of comprehension, vocabulary, writing skills, attention span, and retention. In addition, consider reading to your baby and […]

Connecting Readers and Writers to the Word: National Book Lovers Day-August 9

National Book Lover’s Day: August 9, 2021 I love books! And if you’re reading this blog post, I imagine you do too. I can’t think of any other way to escape into someone else’s world, other than by reading. This observance encourages book lovers to celebrate reading and literature. Books have come a long way […]

Connecting Readers and Writers to the Word: Celebrating Juneteenth (Freedom Day)

Juneteenth, a historic and celebratory day: June 19th, 1865, marks the emancipation and freedom for enslaved people in the United States. Indeed, today is a celebration in more ways than one! On, June 15 the Senate unanimously passed a resolution establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a US holiday honoring the end of slavery […]

Connecting Readers and Writers to the Word: National Poetry Month

Spring and the month of April remains to be one of my favorite seasons. During this season, the weather turns warmer, grass and trees turn to green, flowers bloom, and birds sing. But, I also celebrate because it’s Poetry Month! As a young child, I loved writing poems. My teacher exposed me to all genres […]

Connecting Readers and Writers to the Word: African American History

To commemorate and recognize the contributions of African American people, Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week (initially Negro History Week) in 1926. Known as the Father of Black History, Carter G. Woodson felt that in order for Blacks to participate intelligently in the affairs of our country, they should know their past. In 1976, […]

Connecting Readers and Writers to the Word: Christmas in July

As reported in an article, “How a North Carolina Summer Camp Started Christmas in July” written by Maria Carter (7/13/17), the legend of “Christmas in July” began in 1933 at the Keystone Summer Camp for girls, located at Brevard, N. C. Two days, July 24 and 25, were dedicated to this special celebration. Original decorations […]