NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Spanish-speaking parents of Davis Elementary students in New Rochelle learned to replicate the reading style of teachers so that they could read to their children at home, during a recent workshop held in the public library.
The effort was such a success that a second workshop is planned for this school year, according to a release from the City School District of New Rochelle.
Ximena Navarro, a teaching assistant who works with second-graders, wanted to show parents how educators read to their children in a classroom setting. She also wanted to guide families in monitoring the level of their children's reading comprehension and to help create a home library by providing them with books.
"I wanted to support families," Navarro said. "I want them to see the way we - teachers and teaching assistants - read the book so they can help their children at home."
A bonus to holding the workshop at the public library was that Navarro was able to help some parents begin the process of applying for a library card.
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