iRead Outside: Stories at Andy's Unity Park provides opportunities for families to combine a love of reading with a love of being outdoors. Our goal is to increase the percentage of family members reading to children daily, while at the same time encouraging children and families to explore nature and get outside together. This summer, LandPaths brings to you a literary adventure that models reading out loud to children. Activities include nature exploration in the garden, modeling techniques for reading out loud and a raffle/book give away! These reading sessions are best suited for infants ages 0-6 years old but, older siblings and other family members are welcomed to join us.
Experts agree that reading aloud to children is the single most important thing a parent can do to help a child enter kindergarten ready to succeed. An expanding body of scientific evidence also suggest that spending time outdoors contributes to the increase in short term memory, releases endorphins for happier children and adults, improves focus, boosts the imune system and so much more! All the reading sessions at Andy's Park & Garden have a specific theme, such as planting seeds or healthy eating, to help the children unite the material and make personal connections to the stories. According to the Department of Education, the more children read and are read to, the more success they will have in their academic trajectory. iREAD Outside story time offers an ongoing opportunity to model reading out loud to children, explore new places and foster a love of books and nature!
To learn more about other activities for children/youth at Andy's Unity Park & Garden please call our Garden Coordinator, Jonathan Bravo, at 707-703-3321.
For other resources and articles on early childhood literacy, visit the following sites:
Top 10 Resources on Early Childhood Literacy Development (Reading Rockets)
Location: Andy's Unity Park and Garden, 3399 Moorland Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Andy's Unity Park & Garden is located in South West Santa Rosa in the heart of the Moorland community. Our reading sessions take place in the community garden--a perfect setting for reading and nature exploration!
What to bring:
-your own reusable water bottle
-sun hat and weather appropriate clothing
-snacks and a day pack
Details and what to expect:
-You will be asked to sign a liability waiver upon arrival
-There is no charge for these reading sessions however, donations are welcomed--new/used books or monitary donations welcomed!
-Andy's Unity Garden is an organic community garden, please leave your pets at home.
-These reading sessions are brought to you in partnership with Cradle to Career Sonoma County's iREAD campaign, and with generous funding through the Sonoma County Communtiy Foundation's iREAD grant program.
LandPaths mission is to foster a love of the land in Sonoma County. LandPaths creates ways for people to experience the beauty, understand the value, and assist in taking care of the land and each other.