As elementary school children continue to learn partially from home during the pandemic, Councilmember Rita Lamb and Cathedral City Elementary Teacher Matiana Rosales read “I Know the River Loves Me / Yo sé que el río ama.” It is a story about respecting our rivers and not polluting these flowing lifelines that reach communities throughout the world. This story is relevant as we celebrate Earth Day on April 22, 2021. Councilmember Rita Lamb reads the story in English and Teacher Matiana Rosales reads it in Spanish.
Councilmember Lamb previously served as a teacher and principal and understands the importance of reading to children as it builds their vocabulary. Children who are read to develop language and thinking skills. In fact, according to Early Childhood Alliance, the development of a child’s vocabulary is “one of the best predictors for how your child will do with reading comprehension. Reading encourages a child’s imagination and empathy, as it allows them to put themselves into the characters’ position. Reading also brings families together.”
It is often said, up to grade 3, a child learns to read. After grade 3, a child reads to learn.
At the next bedtime, naptime, or any time, use these videos as a tool for reading to your child. Enjoy!