Once a month, a few coworkers and I visit a local elementary school and read to 1st graders. I've been doing this for a little over a year and realized that it has become one of my favorite things to do all month! I've invited a few friends and they always want to come back.
I also read to kids a bit ago with Ready to Learn at the 49th Street Elementary. Although the school year is over, it starts up in the Fall once per month. We read to 1st graders to help improve their english and follow it up with an art project. The best part may be the knock knock jokes that the kids are encouraged to share in front of the group. It's the best to go monthly (I'm guilty of not) in order to see how the reading improves over the course of the school year. To learn more, contact the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Conference: http://lajcc.org/news-updates/join-lajcc-members-for-the-first-20132014-ready-to-learn-session-on-september-14 or the Principal at the 49th Street Elementary School https://49thstes-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com:
I've volunteered with Ready to Learn at the 49th Street Elementary school in South LA. They rock!
The nonprofit organizes reading days one Saturday morning per month during the school year with 1st graders. We read to children whose primary language spoken at home is something other than English. We get partnered with a reading buddy who we either read to or have them read to us (depending on their skill level), then follow that up with an arts and crafts project. It's a fun, easy volunteer opportunity.
Here are some of my reading buddies from previous months.
I read to my daughter every day. It is a relatively easy way to spend quality time with her, and it's been amazing to watch her go from a passive participant to someone who demands certain stories be read to her. Right now she is obsessed with the Cat in the Hat.
My little boy learned some critical thinking lessons about the motivations behind characters' actions and how they related to his life and the decisions he faces daily. I learned how amazing a child's mind is and how quickly they grow.