An elementary school principal's Facebook Live bedtime stories have become so popular that even students from other schools have been tuning in.
The humble book is something that is quickly being forgotten. As technology advances, many people are of the belief that we don't need books anymore. We are all too busy scrolling through social media on our smartphones or binging TV shows on streaming services to pick up a book nowadays.
While that is a worrying enough trend to observe in adults, that feeling is magnified when it comes to children. Kids these days are handier with tech and gadgets than their parents. As good as a skill that is on some levels, the lack of a need to read may well be having a detrimental effect on literacy levels in certain parts of the world. An elementary school principal in Beaumont, Texas is attempting to remedy that.
Every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Belinda George fires up Facebook Live and reads a bedtime story. It is broadcasted from Homer Drive Elementary School's Facebook page and is intended to get her students back into reading.
George told the Washington Post that children will approach her the following morning to tell her their favorite part of the story and to ask where they can find the book in the library.
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As with anything like this, George can't simply sit down and read a book. It needs to be a performance and the principal embraces that. George will ask her audience questions throughout the reading and even employs props from time to time. The idea has become such a sensation that children from other schools have started to tune in to Tucked-In-Tuesdays, letting George know where they are watching from in the comments.
Some of George's more popular readings have garnered more than 4000. As her popularity grows, those numbers likely will too. Plus, her novel idea might well catch on. The principal has outlined that her intention is to get more students reading, especially since she teaches at a school with a great many students from economically disadvantaged homes. Judging by the reaction her idea is currently getting, her plan is off to a good start.