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New Rochelle Parents Learn To Model Classroom Reading

New Rochelle teachers are teaching parents to model classroom reading habits.
New Rochelle teachers are teaching parents to model classroom reading habits. Photo Credit: Contributed

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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