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30 December, 2016, Phonsai Village, Xayaboury Province, Laos

Launching a Reading Program: For our reading program, we give enough books to each classroom in the school so that children can read every day. Often called "Sustained Silent Reading", this approach develops reading skills, a love of reading, and a habit of reading. We launch the program with a book party, show here. For one full morning or afternoon, our team reads aloud, talks about books, leads outdoor games, and teaches songs about books and reading. At the end, every child gets to choose a book of their own, in addition to the books we leave in the classrooms. Then, beginning in 2015, we do more follow-up visits with the school to be sure the program is set up successfully.

This event was sponsored by Ian Terry (Australia), the people of the village itself, and Heather Williams. Thank you!

After each book party, children get to choose a book of their own. Unless we've been to that school before, it's often the first book they ever owned, and a source of great pride.

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