One of my helpful commenters on my post about apps is new to Blogville. I wanted to give a shout out to www.openbooksopendoors.com. With a name like that, you know it’s got to be good, right? Here’s a blurb from their site:
“The Open Books Open Doors project is funded by grants from the Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress and the University of Saint Joseph. We provide free literacy screenings for Connecticut children with Down syndrome in pre-school through grade 3 as well as resources for parents and teachers on best practices in literacy instruction for students with Down syndrome.”
What caught my eye was the header on their home page: “Teaching Reading to Children With Down Syndrome.” Okay, two seconds into their site, and I’m hooked.
This is a new site, but already they have posts on apps for children, various resources for parents and educators, Sue Buckley – world-renowned education expert on children with Down syndrome, literacy screening, the phonics-whole language debate, and raising the bar. This is definitely a site to add your favorites, folks. These are well-written, informative posts on issues related to literacy and Down syndrome that we don’t hear enough about. But what strikes me the most is that Kathy Whitbread, the project director, gets it!!!! She is passionate about literacy and she is passionate about children with Down syndrome. Put those two together, and she’s got my undivided attention. Stop by www.openbooksopendoors and give her a little of yours.
And remember, if you can do nothing else to encourage literacy in your children today, read a book to them tonight as they settle down for bed, and you will have made a difference in the life and literacy of your child.