Zoe, Participant of First Teachers Training
Evangelical Lutheran Church Login Club for New Arrivals
Since joining BMABHK’s First Teachers Training in 2019, Zoe has, on a weekly basis, borrowed and read picture books from the Bring Me A Book “Book Bag Library” at the Evangelical Lutheran Church Login Club for New Arrivals (donated by The Arthur Samy Memorial Fund):
“Although there are some picture books available to borrow from my daughter’s school library, the collection is not as suitable, complete or as user-friendly as the book bag library. Every week, I read three to five picture books together with my daughter. Parent-child reading allows us to communicate more and has improved our relationship. I am pleasantly surprised to see changes in my daughter’s concentration habits - she is less distracted by devices and we have more opportunities to spend quality time together through reading books. I think parent-child reading makes my daughter happier, reduces the stress in her studies, and allows her to acquire new vocabulary.
I would like to say a big ‘Thank you’ to Bring Me A Book Hong Kong and Miss Chan for organizing the First Teachers Training, which explained the importance of reading aloud and provided practical demonstrations on how to improve our storytelling skills. I used to only read out the text, word by word, but having completed the training, I have learnt how to present the contents of a book in a lively manner.
I hope that, through reading, my daughter will improve her logical thinking and become more curious and empathetic.
Recently (during the pandemic), my daughter had to attend classes via Zoom. This was very challenging because my daughter found it difficult to grasp the contents of the compressed online classes. I also faced increased pressure in urging my daughter to devote more time to her studies. Fortunately, the book bag library near my home was open, while the school and public libraries were closed, so we could continue to read quality books together. I have, and will continue to recommend this wonderful community resource to my parent friends.”
Angelina, Zoe’s 8-year-old daughter, said, “I love the picture books in the book bag library, and now my mom tells me stories in a far more interesting way than she did before. From the picture books, I have learnt the importance of sharing and being modest.”