Words of Wisdom
Published in Inside - Volume XIV, No. 5
All parents wrestle with how to help their kids master the skills of reading and writing. But for each parent, that challenge looks different.
For George Schuessler, TC’s Director of Academic Computing, it’s his third-grade daughter’s penchant for having her writing come out perfectly the moment it leaves her pencil—a task so imposing that she doesn’t much like the physical act of writing on paper anymore, preferring to tap things out on a computer.
For Tena Stuckey, an information processing assistant in the Office of Development and
External Affairs, it was her eighth-grader’s struggles with organization and structure as high school composition classes loom. “I don’t want him to struggle in high school, but I don’t know how to help him,” Stuckey says.
Luckily for Stuckey, Schuessler and about a dozen other TC employees, there were plenty of suggestions and helpful hints during a noontime workshop organized by the College’s
and Writing Project on January 22 at Grace Dodge Hall. Reading
The workshop, “Help Your Child Read and Write Well,” was the second in a series of four that the
and Writing Project is offering through April. The workshops, funded by the President’s Community and Diversity Grant Fund, are organized by Jane Bean-Folkes, a doctoral student and literacy consultant at the Reading and Writing Project. Reading
“I just felt that it would be nice to do something to help and support parents here in our own community at TC,” Bean-Folkes said. “I’d been helping one person at a time when support staff would come to me with questions, so I thought, why not pool people together and talk about literacy for our kids?”
The first workshop in December focused on reading, and the one in January on writing. At the March workshop, the focus will be on testing as it relates to reading and writing, and the final one in April will cover how to incorporate literacy skills into subjects like social studies and science.
At the January workshop, Bean-Folkes and her two colleagues, Marjorie Martinelli and Chris Lehman, provided many suggestions ranging from the best of the current crop of picture books and young adult novels to ways parents can work with teachers to help their children hone their reading and writing skills.
For TC alumna Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, a lecturer in the International Educational Development program, the workshop was ideal because she could bring her 10-month-old baby while picking up some tips on how to make reading and writing fun for her other daughter, who is four.
“I came to the last workshop and learned a lot from it, so I didn’t want to miss this one,” Ghaffar-Kucher said. “I think these are wonderful workshops, and they’re small enough that you are able to ask questions and really participate.”previous page