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Have you ever gone to story hour at your local bookstore or library? If so, you probably took a little one along with you. Jennifer Linares, our Family Support Worker, created a story hour especially for the moms and their daughters at Casa de Paz. Jennifer selected bilingual story books with colorful illustrations, like Frida and her Animalitos, and Paletero Man: Qué Paletero Tan Cool. The books focus on a cultural lesson and a topic that connect to the girls’ lives. Jennifer designs the literacy sessions as a special time that moms can spend with their daughters. Each session includes a story, a snack and an activity related to the book’s theme. The activity includes something that moms would like to do too. For instance, to support their transition to a new school, Jennifer chose Qué Nervioso! El Primer Día de Escuela, a book about the first day of school…for a new teacher! While the girls covered paper ice cream cones with tissue paper decorations, moms decorated special chalk boards to celebrate the first day of school with their daughters. Jennifer stressed to moms that if they were positive about the experience of a new school, their daughters would be too. While the girls shared ice cream sundaes to mark this new milestone, they learned about making friends, getting along with other children who may not look like them or have the same background or perspectives that they do. Jennifer has plans for the next story time to include carving pumpkins for Halloween. At Casa de Paz, storytime can serve multiple functions of fun and life lessons, thanks to Jennifer’s creative programming!

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