Brené Brown once said stories are data with a soul. The children in our Letters, Sounds and Words™ program do make incredible gains in their literacy skills, but it is their stories that touch our hearts. We have stories of children gaining confidence and self-esteem. We have stories of children making incredible gains in their early literacy skills. We have stories of volunteers seeing first-hand their impact on the children they work with. We have stories of community members truly making a difference in the life of a child.
Every parent, child and volunteer is unique, as is their experience in this program. Do you have a Letters, Sounds and Words™ story you wish to tell? Send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I first heard about Strong Start’s Letters, Sounds and Words program at church. Our pastor was talking about the need for volunteers, to help young children learn to read, at Howard Robertson P.S. After attending the two training sessions, the school’s Site Co-ordinator hosted an orientation session for the newly trained Volunteer Coaches.
Easton is my handsome, sweet, oldest child with short brown hair, blue eyes and olive complexion. He’s a thoughtful and energetic kid who loves math and hockey. Bed-time story time was a part of our daily routine and I could see him struggling to read on his own; even when we went to the library, he would pick out a book he found interesting but I would have to read a majority of the book to him.
Every child is unique and special. When they are young, they are just like sponges soaking up all the lessons we can teach them. Building a strong foundation for learning really does start from birth. The gift of reading is such a powerful tool.