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Sam Houston State University - A Member of The Texas State University System
Chicken Soup Group
Honor students at Sam Houston State University were looking for ways to contribute to the community as well as enhance their own learning. We found a need at The Forum, aretirement home in the Woodlands, Texas. Many senior adults suffer from loss of sight that keeps them from an activity in which they used to engage – reading. The college students that are preparing to be teachers need practice in reading aloud and leading group discussions. The match was made and we have another project called the Chicken Soup Group (so named after the Chicken Soup for the Soul books used as the read aloud). The honors students meet twice a week with a small group of seniors who have difficulty reading. They prepare a lesson (invitation to the topic, read aloud, and follow up group discussion about the story). The senior adults, in addition to their delightful evening discussion group, are helping the university students by evaluating their skills as teachers.