Special to the Chickasaw Journal
OKOLONA – The children and staff at BabySteps, Inc., in Okolona have been spending this summer expanding their horizons through reading.
The summer reading theme is “Great Books for Great Children,” and the group started off the first week of June reading “Whistle for Willie.” The book introduces a little boy who has a dachshund dog named Willie and the children were engaged in interactive and hands-on learning activities that promote reading and language development.
On June 6, a special guest made an appearance as Cameron the dachshund joined the children at the center.
Quiterio Arevalos, owner of Okolona Auto and Tire Service, brought his pet to the facility and received a warm welcome. The children, some who had never seen a dachshund, practiced whistling for him, but Arevalos told them he only answers to his name.
Staff members reported Cameron was very gentle and well-behaved and the children were excited to meet him.
The BabySteps team encourages parents to get their children involved in some type of summer reading program to enhance their child’s reading. Staff members suggest parents set aside a regular time for reading, like just after dinner or whatever fits into the household schedule.
Research shows that as little as 10-minutes of free reading a day can improve a child’s skills and habits.