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Educator, Dr. Jean Beaumont, is imploring parents to work with their children to develop their reading skills.
“You parents ought to work with your children all the time…You have to work with your children all the way through,” she stated at an awards ceremony held recently at the Green Park Primary and Junior High School in Sandy Bay, Clarendon.
According to Dr. Beaumont, learning to read begins long before the child enters the formal school system. “It begins with those parents, who read and buy books. Research states that parents, who are poor readers do not read often to children. But let me tell you, even if you are a poor reader, you can recognise letters and you can help children to recognise those letters,” she stated.
She noted that studies show that the amount of time parents spend with their children in the early years in developing skills such as reading, talking, and reasoning, will enhance their success in school and in life.
“Without literacy skills, the abilities to read, to write, to do math, to solve problems and to access and use technology, today’s adults will struggle to take part in the world around them and fail to reach their full potential as parents, community members and employees,” she pointed out.
The awards ceremony was held to recognise the 40 students, who participated in the school’s Read-A-Thon and Spell-A-Thon competitions.
Certificates were presented to all the participants, with the top three finishers in each segment also awarded medals and trophies for outstanding performance.

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