Sydney Davis and Donna Dunkum – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS Kiddie Lit project involves all LRHS English 4 seniors. Kiddie lit is a 1,000 point project that is a big part of senior grades.
The Kiddie Lit project requires students to write a research paper on the importance of literacy and children’s literature and then write and illustrate a children’s book of their own. Mustangs will travel to William H. Bashaw Elementary School to read their books to the students.
LRHS seniors are preparing themselves for this project by studying the importance of reading to young children.
So why is reading to young children so important?
Books help children develop vital language skills
Reading is an important skill that can help with child development. Just like anything, the more children practice reading the better they will become. Reading to the young can help them expand their vocabulary
- Builds motivation
- Helps children cope with anxiety
- Creates a positive association with books
- Builds social skills
LRHS senior Alanna Duch is very excited to start Kiddie Lit. Duch has never read aloud to kids before, so she said, “It’s going to be a cool experience when we actually go to the school and read to the children. I’m not sure what to write about yet, but I want it to have something to do with animals.”
Duch said the seniors haven’t started creating their books yet, they are just preparing for this big project.