Give a voice to your children
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Parents please as a child-care provider, I ask you to give your pre-school child one more thing.
You provide their daily bread and a safe shelter because you care. Boys sport superhero shirts to help them transform; girls wear sparkles and bows. But have you given them their voice?
You give so much but please give those words and ask them to use them when spoken to.
We so often speak for them; we forget to help them talk when we're not with them. Help them to think things through, they will know what to say. Give time but don't speak for them. Do not delay the growth that comes from the thought process and language skills of simply speaking for one's self.
When greeting children in my center, how nice it is to hear a greeting returned from the small voice of a child. When a question is asked, it is good to hear words and not to see a bobble-head doll.
Now is the time to teach manners and have them start answering with words. Vocabulary and confidence in the child grows and communication is clearer. So, please give your child one more thing of great value.
Libraries are invaluable to our community
I attended school in St. Albans when there was no library. If I had an assignment that required research I either had to find a friend who had a set of encyclopedias or not do the assignment. We could not afford to make trips to the library in Charleston.
I go to the library in St. Albans all the time, and there are children there each time using computers, studying or being tutored. Libraries are essential to education, for one should never stop having an opportunity to learn. Words well written can paint a picture; help build a house, explore the universe, as well as the world.
If Mr. Pete Thaw believes libraries are not essential to education then he has no concept of the tools needed by students (whether that student is 6 or 60) to aid in the learning process.
Not everyone has a computer or a phone that is capable of accessing the Internet. Keep the libraries! Maybe we should think about replacing the people on the Board of Education.
Jo Ann Guthrie