To help children from disadvantaged communities advance academically in pace with their classmates, Americorps Jumpstart recruits and trains students to work one-to-one with children to help build their reading, language, and social skills. Student volunteers commit an hour a week in a preschool that serves children from disadvantaged communities. It's a small commitment, but it makes a huge difference in the life of a child. Jumpstart at UCLA also recruits long and short term volunteers for our monthly literacy events. For the month of May, Jumpstart will be recruiting volunteers to record children's books to give to the children and families at our partner preschools. This is a great opportunity to make a difference in the life of a deserving child right from your own home!
If you are interested in participating: 1) Choose a children's book from the list below or a book appropriate for ages 3-5 2) Using the reading tips below, practice reading through the book until you are comfortable enough to record. Feel free to be creative- use different voices or add sound effects! 3) Record the story using a computer (e.g., Audacity, Garageband (mac), or other free software) or another type of digital recording device. Have fun recording! :) (*must be in mp3 format) 4) After you are finished, listen to your recording and make sure it is clear and audible. 5) Send your mp3 file to Jumpstart and we will burn it onto a CD that will be distributed to the students at our partner preschools.
*Make sure to include your full name and the title of the book when sending in your mp3 file *You are encouraged to collaborate with family and friends, use props/music, different voices for various characters, or create sound effects to ensure a dynamic, engaging, and enjoyable listening experience for the children.
*Reading Tips: - Read clearly and loudly Read - Do not rush through the stories - make sure to have pauses throughout so the children can repeat and absorb what they hear if appropriate - Be very expressice and enthusiastic
* Some appropriate authors/books: - Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats - Dr. Suess - Eric Carle - Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin - Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak - Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown *more to be listed soon!
Deadline for submission will be May 28th, 2010.
*** We will also be recording at the radio station at the University of California, Los Angeles (Kerckhoff - 308 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA, 90024) on May 21st, 2010 from noon-2:00 pm. If you are near by and want to record at the radio station, please reply to this ad! :)