Submitted by the Funhouse Commons.
On Tuesdays at 4:15 p.m., the Funhouse sparks a love of reading through the free KidzLit program. Children’s librarian and reading teacher Helen Huber returns to the Funhouse to expose kids to the glory of a story.
By talking about what kids know, building background knowledge, defining new words and asking thoughtful questions, kids listen while thinking deeply. Because there isn’t any expectation of academic achievement, the KidzLit focus is on enjoying a good story, sharing and hearing others’ opinions and finding connections between books and their own lives.
“Putting books in the hands of children has always been the goal,” says Huber, who spearheaded the development of the Funhouse Library and began delivering enriched stories to kids through the KidzLit program.
The Funhouse had a library for many years, but the books had yet to be deliberately chosen and organized for the ages and interests of Funhouse kids. Now, thanks to Huber, the library is categorized by chapter books; picture books; graphic novels; poetry; biography; nonfiction; and beginning readers.
KidzLit is a new addition to the wide variety of programs and activities offered by the Funhouse. KidzLit’s goal is to create lifelong readers. By offering a wide variety of books, making sure children have the background knowledge and vocabulary, asking reflective, open-ended questions, and providing fun follow-up activities, KidzLit sets participants up for success.
Funhouse kids made and flew paper airplanes after hearing about Wilbur and Orville Wright and their first flight efforts; after reading a story about a 1,200-pound wheel of cheddar that was delivered to President Thomas Jefferson, children received cubes of cheddar cheese; and most recently, the kids decorated gingerbread cookies, made with love by Huber, while listening to her read the story of “The Gingerbread Girl” by Lisa Campbell Ernst.
The KidzLit program is one of the many ways the Funhouse is helping raise the next generation of thoughtful humans. Please join us in supporting our island youth by going to www.funhousecommons.org and donating today or reaching out to firstname.lastname@example.org.