Hi, Everyone. Welcome to “Nurturing Literacy”, a blog created to help parents, grandparents, teachers and anyone else committed to fostering literacy development in youngsters. My background as a Reading specialist, classroom teacher, mother of five and grandmother of nine, compels me to create this blog. Repeatedly, family members, friends and parents of students pose these questions…
“My child hates to read…what can I do?” “What are some good books to purchase for my grandchildren?” “We both work, how can we find the time to boost literacy in our home?” “My child’s teacher talks about ‘Reading Strategies’…what are they?”
The queries go on and on. Drawing on my personal experience and the research of experts in the field, posts will attempt to provide answers and insights about literacy. If you love a child and understand the importance of literacy in his/her life, this blog is for you.
My name is Rita Kenefic. Ever since I was young, I loved to read. I’d often solve mysteries right along with Nancy Drew or grab my notebook to create stories of my own. For seventeen years, I shared this passion as a classroom teacher, teaching every grade from two through eight. After earning a Master’s degree in Reading, I spent the next fifteen years working as a Reading specialist in Central Bucks School district. My experience at Central Bucks included teaching at both the elementary and middle school level. For seven years, I also had the privilege of teaching graduate students at my Alma Mater, Gwyneed Mercy University. As a recent retiree, this blog to continues my commitment to literacy education.
Undoubtedly, the most important role in my life is that of wife and mother. My husband, Mike and I have five grown children and are the proud grandparents of nine children. Our large family is a constant source of pleasure and pride. My experience as a parent, enables me to understand full well the challenges of family life. My hope is that the information, insights, ideas and interaction provided through this blog will positively impact your ability to foster literacy in your home.