Hi, Everyone. Welcome to “Nurturing Literacy”, a blog created to help parents, (and anyone else) support children in Grades four through seven who are experiencing difficulties with reading and related literacy skills. During my thirty plus years in education as both a classroom teacher and Reading specialist, I saw the tremendous difference that knowledge, guidance and specific interventions can make to a struggling or aliterate reader. As a mother and grandmother, I could empathize with the emotions that parents go through in their quest to help their child.
Although I am recently retired, I am still a teacher at heart. My desire to support children and parents has not waned. My goal is to provide the information, resources and support that will enable parents to actively support their children’s literacy development. Time and again, I have witnessed tremendous progress when parents learn what they can do, advocate for their child, and offer appropriate support at home.
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.
On the personal level, I consider myself a lifelong learner. I am an avid reader, belong to several writing groups as well as a choral group, volunteer at Doylestown Hospital, play golf (badly), and love to socialize with family and friends. It’s a busy life!
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 ten 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 and raise a proficient reader.