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Dig into Reading

July 17, 2013

ImageOver the last two days, we did three programs at regional libraries for the Dig into Reading Summer Reading Program. We read Kate Duke’s book, Archaeologists Dig for Clues, to almost 200 children and adults. In the book, a few kids, including a girl who is worried about getting her sneakers dirty, volunteer at an Archaic period dig. The volunteers learn important lessons from Sophie, the project archaeologist.  They learn that archaeology is a science and archaeologist do not dig for treasure. They appreciate the fact that the small finds are clues to understanding the past and the only way to interpret the clues is meticulous record keeping. I doubt the 3-12 year old kids who attended the programs appreciated all of these valuable lessons. But combined with the show and tell with our discovery box, I think our Dig into Reading presentations garnered new interest in Arkansas archaeology. And I’m willing to bet that the parents in the room learned a few things and they might think it’s okay to get their sneakers dirty now too.

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