Author and education consultant Louise Park knows some of the best ways to begin your child’s journey into habitual reading.
And she will be sharing her well-sort after tips during an “in conversation” with the Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne, at Castle Hill Library on Saturday, March 7 at 2pm.
“Audiences will be able to gain insight into the process of reading, what little kids brains are doing and how you can make that journey into literacy as pain free as possible,” Park said of her upcoming author talk.
Park has just released her latest book, 7 Steps to Get Your Child Reading, which provides time poor parents with easy-to-do steps to get their child reading.
The former primary school teacher turned writer and education consultant said she wrote the book after alarming results revealed Australian students were falling behind in literacy.
This comes after a PISA education study revealed that Aussie kids were lagging in maths, reading and science and were about a full school year behind where Australian students were at the turn of the millennium.
“I’ve been alarmed as much as the people doing research that our literacy levels are falling and children are struggling more and more,” Park said of students literacy skills.
“I saw a correlation with that and Generation Alpha, which is children born between the years of 2010 and 2025. They are the ones born literally with mobile phones and devices in their hands. They are the only generation to be born into this.
“I started to do a lot of research into that and I feel like parents are facing a whole new ball game with Generation Alpha and I believe they deserve to have a spotlight shown on the various things to make sure their literacy doesn’t suffer,” she added.
Having written more than 250 books, Park stressed the importance of having good literacy skills.
“It’s one thing that we need to teach our children,” Park said.
“If we can do that [read], everything else follows.
“It’s across every subject across school, even in maths. If you can’t read and comprehend problems, even if you are a good mathematician, you are not going to be able to do it.
“It’s the fundamental on which everything is built and if we can build strong confident readers who love to read and are not turned off by the experience, then the battle is over,” she added.
Park is a literacy expert and widely published author for children.
She has been involved in education and publishing for over 30 years and is regularly invited to speak at education conferences, reading symposiums and literature festivals.
- When: Saturday, March 7 at 2pm;
- Where: Castle Hill Library;
- Cost: $7.50pp;
- To book: www.thehills.nsw.gov.au/library.