Kindergarten teacher takes to YouTube to promote reading

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Mrs. Buckley (left) demonstrating video. Photo courtsey Susan Andress and Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave.

Children aren’t the only ones who are learning in Cindi Buckley’s kindergarten class at Minges Brook Elementary School in Battle Creek.

The parents of Buckley’s students also are learning courtesy of YouTube videos created by Buckley. The 40-year teaching veteran says she came up with the idea because she was seeing a real need to communicate with time-starved parents about ways they can help their children with reading and mathematics….. (see article exerpts below).  A link to the full article is below.

“Some parents feel that reading is something they learned by osmosis, but there was really someone there who practiced with them and taught them beginning reading skills,” Buckley says. (Watch the videos here and here.)

When parents and teachers were asked about the meaning of parental engagement perspectives differed somewhat, according to results of a recent survey conducted by the Calhoun County Intermediate School District, says Kathleen Moore, Special Projects Coordinator with a focus on Early Childhood Education for the Calhoun County ISD.

Mrs. Buckley (right) demonstrating video. Photo courtsey Susan Andress and Southwest Michigan's Second Wave.

Mrs. Buckley (right) demonstrating video. Photo courtsey Susan Andress and Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave.

“There were a lot of similarities, but there were also some differences,” Moore says of the survey findings. “Part of being engaged with your child’s education is knowing how to support them when they are doing their homework. A lot of people have transportation barriers. For them to even get to a school where they’re doing an afterschool program on how to help your kids…a lot of them can’t get there.”

Moore says the survey sparked candid conversations about what could be done to help parents. She says Buckley’s work was well-ahead of these discussions. The goal now is to replicate the YouTube videos throughout the Lakeview School District at any school that wants them.

Parents can view videos at home with their tablet.  Photo courtsey Susan Andress and Southwest Michigan's Second Wave.

Parents can view videos at home with their tablet. Photo courtsey Susan Andress and Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave.

“This is a way to help a school connect with families where it doesn’t require families to show up at school,” Moore says. “It’s another layer of support for families.”

Click on the following link to view the article written by Jane C. Parikh on Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave – Kindergarten teacher takes to YouTube to promote reading.