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Hitéemece: Race to Reading Success!

(hee-tam-it-tsuh) Translation: I am reading or I am Learning

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Summer Reading Activities 2021

Race to Read Theme: “Summer Run – Going Upstream”

History and run down of the Hitéemece: Race to Reading Success

In 2009, the Mamáy’asnim Hitéemenwees Kamiah Center participated in the “Book It for Beginners” for Preschoolers through Pizza Hut. In 6 weeks, parents, grandparents, families read with their children a total of 169 books in 2,274 minutes or 38 hours. This was our first venture and unfortunately the last through Pizza Hut. Kamiah Mamáy’asnim Hitéemenwees Center soon sponsored their own program in conjunction with Kamiah Pizza Factory. And in 2010, parents/guardians, grandparents, and families read with their children a whopping total of 404.75 hours or approximately 28 hours per week!! Our reading program is called “Hitéemece: Race to Reading Success” with a new theme each year. The Hitéemece Reading Program will begin July 1 , 2021 through August 12, 2021. Working together with our community partners, we are able to extend our impact to the broader community, expanding our network of supporters and reading advocates. We hope you will participate but please note it is not required.

Each year we hope to incorporate important Nez Perce Tribe or tribal themes. Our theme for Summer program 2021 is “Summer Run – Going Upstream” Our story begins with the Salmon voyaging home. Anadromous fish, like the salmon, grow up mostly in the saltwater oceans. When they have matured, they migrate or “run up” freshwater rivers to spawn in what is called the “salmon run.” We will be using the major fishing sites used by tribes as check in spots to mark progress in the race.

Fish start up the Columbia River in early spring and migrate up to the headwaters of streams. Summer fish come over in summertime and stop lower in rivers such as the South Fork Salmon or Imnaha River in Oregon. Handouts will be given to you for tracking your readers progress in minutes. At the end of the week, submit your filled out progress sheet back to the Mamáy’asnim Hitéemenwees to be calculated and to see your salmon on the move upriver! With each major check in fishing spot a certificate or reward from our community partners will be issued to your reader with instructions on how to redeem it. At the end of our summer program we hope to enjoy a celebration with all our readers.


Checklist for Parents of toddlers

Here are some ways you can help your child “get ready to read” during the ages of 2 and 3.


Checklist for Parents of preschoolers

Here are some ways you can help your child “get ready to read” during the ages of 4 and 5.

Things to consider when looking for books young children love:

Infants 0-6 months

Infants 6-12 months

Young Toddlers 12 months and up 4 year olds

Five ways to share books with babies and young children

  1. Make sharing books a part of everyday routines, like bed time stories or apart of quiet play time.
  2. Have fun, children can learn by observing how you read. Make it an enjoyable experience, which is important in encouraging young children in learning to read. Create voices for story characters, use your body to tell the story expressively or by making it interactive. Make the story come to life.
  3. Reading for only a small amount of time is OK – Don’t worry if you don’t finish the story. Young children can only sit for a few minutes, but don’t fret as they grow, they will be able to sit for longer. Let your child turn the pages, and remember it’s ok to skip pages.
  4. Switch out the characters, make the story about your reader or about your family, pets or community when you are reading about others in a story. Use the story to engage in conversations and to talk about familiar activities and objects.
  5. Make sure to show the cover of the book and explain what the story is about. Children can memorize a story very quickly, and oftentimes many children love to be creative through storytelling. Allow your child to explore their imagination and create their own version of the story.

Salmon run leaderboard:

Tailon Clark, Riley Hart, Thomas Lozon and Riston Johnson Miles

Incentive Winners:

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