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Reading to Children: Tops on My List!

Reading to the Children During Catholic Schools Week

Yesterday, I got to meet with 120 children at Saint Pius X Catholic School in Greensboro, NC. As part of the Catholic Schools Week festivities, I read my new book, Adventures of Faith, Hope, and Charity: Finding Patience to the Kindergartners, as well as the First and Second Graders. My thanks go out to Anne Knapke, Principal and Christina Foley, Librarian for a well planned visit. The students asked great questions during the Q&A periods. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching them about virtue; especially the virtue of patience.

What are we as adults doing to teach our children the virtues? Our behavior, as adults, serves as living examples to them. Many of you come to my website seeking advice on how to change your own behavior to become more virtuous. That’s a great place to start, but let’s not forget our children in the process.

We must evangelize ourselves and grow in virtue before we can impart what we learn to our children. I applaud all who come back week after week and read my posts on the virtues. I pray that what I write offers you inspiration to make that positive change in your life, so that the benefits trickle down to your children.

I, in turn, appreciate your kindness when you comment on my posts. I also receive appreciation and kindness from your little ones when I visit them in their schools, as was quite evident with my visit to St. Pius X Catholic School. I think teaching children the virtues through the use of picture books, may be the best part of my job, because the children make it so much fun! Thank you St. Pius X Catholic School! Your appreciation and kindness will never be forgotten; neither will your smiles!

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4 Responses to Reading to Children: Tops on My List!

    • It was fun, and the doll and puppy that you created were a big hit! Just seeing them created many smiles on the children’s faces. Thanks so much for using your creative genius to make my school visits go so well! Much appreciated!

  • I am a retired Catholic School teacher and I know that reading to children is not only a fun experience for them but also a learning experience. So many children learn by what they hear and when they don’t think it is a school lesson, it is even better. I remember Catholic Schools Week events where priests, nuns and even the Bishop would come in and read to the children. Not only would the children get a positive experience but to the surprise of the guest readers, so would they.

    • Oh so true Ellen! Every time I visit the schools, I learn something. For example, I met with one second grade class while writing book two, Finding Acceptance, and I told them I was stuck on an ending. They started spouting off ideas, and I actually used one of them as the ending for the book!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Much appreciated!

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