Today was my first morning volunteering as a “SMART” reader. I was filling in for my friend, Nansie, who LOVES the organization dearly, and dedicates so much of her Life and heart to the children of the world. She is an angel for kids who may not even know it. =)
I watched the training videos with the intention of becoming a skilled facilitator for the children I’ll be working with on reading. What an HONOR to serve in this way! Children are so precious… and they need US to show up for them in ways we might not have received ourselves as children.
Before going to the school this morning, I felt nervous about “getting it right.” But, the moment I saw Luna, the lovely young lady I’d be working with, we smiled at each other, the nerves went away, and it all fell into perspective.
I’ll be filling in for Nansie again next week, and then start volunteering with another student on a more ongoing basis. I know I’ll learn as much from these children as they might learn from me.
I’m re-posting the training videos for all of us, especially those of us with children in our lives, for a couple of reasons.
1. I never realized how such simple tools can make such a difference in the teaching, and nurturing of a child. May we all become skilled in the teaching of our children. They are depending on us… NOW.
WE are the ones to step in and help fill the gaps being widened by budget cuts in our schools.
2. I’m posting to potentially inspire YOU to become a SMART reader… or at least to re-engage with your children, god-children, nieces, nephews etc. in the area of reading. In doing so, we can inspire them to find the Greatness within themselves to help create a brighter tomorrow.
Video 1. SMART Reader Training: Introduction
Video 2. SMART Reader Training: The Basics
Video 3. SMART Reader Training: The Four Keys to Success
Video 4. SMART Reader Training: Reading Aloud
Video 5. SMART Reader Training: Shared Reading
Video 6. SMART Reader Training: Assisted Reading