Broward Reads for the Record 2019

  • Jumpstart Read For the Record

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    Thank You, Omu! tells the story of a generous elderly woman who makes a fantastic pot of thick red stew. The scent from her stew travels all throughout her neighborhood and brings all of her community members over to her home for a taste. By the end, she shares a lovely feast with her neighbors where everyone contributes to the meal.

    Jumpstart’s premiere national campaign Read for the Record is one day of the year when millions of individuals come together to celebrate literacy and support Jumpstart in its efforts to promote early childhood education. On November 7, 2019, people across the nation read the children’s book "Thank You Omu," by Oge Morag, in support of Jumpstart’s mission to work towards the day that every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Broward County, Florida is united in the Jumpstart campaign. Through a partnership between the Broward Children's Services Council, Broward County Public Schools, and multiple Broward Stakeholders, books were provided to all participating PreK and Kindergarten students, including Public Schools, Charter Schools, Private Schools and Community Early Childhood Providers. 

    • Jumpstart Read for the Record Homepage
    • Make the Pledge to Read! (This will register you as a reader in the National Campaign so you can show Broward's involves, get updates, and register the number of children you will be reading to on the BIG DAY!)
      • Hands On Broward Sign up to be a guest reader at  local school, or for any literacy activity throughout Broward County.

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    Social/Emotional Support

    This book provides a perfect opportunity to springboard into Social Emotional Growth activities and lessons with the students in your class. Thank you, Omu includes scenes which support the following social skills:

    • being non-judgmental
    • accepting change
    • respecting the feelings and rights of others
    • solving problems


    As you re-read the book with a focus on social/emotional skills, pause to comment about actions and feelings and the actions and feelings of others. List these skills on a chart and identify areas in the book where they are evident. Use the characters as a model, and then model the skill yourself as a teacher. Pair students or form into small groups for role-playing and performance feedback. Want to learn more about implementing Social and Emotional Growth instruction in your classroom? Check out Mind in the Making: Seven Essential Life Skills and Skill Streaming.


    Making sandwiches is also a simple and meaningful way for children to develop life skills. For young children, this encourages independence and fosters self-confidence, while giving them an opportunity to practice fine-motor skills, Kids can do so much if only given the chance!. Once mastered, kids will enjoy feeling the success of making their own lunch and snacks.

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