Back in 2012 there was an increase in the number of inquiries the Centre for Family Literacy received from organizations, childcare providers, and parents, about what kind of services we had to offer parents and professionals working with families with children under six years.
Parents were already attending programs that had them singing, sharing stories and books, and interacting with their child and other families in the group. They wanted to know more about why these programs were important.
Early learning and care practitioners saw the difference that bringing these activities into their own programs meant. They wanted to know how they could enhance and build more literacy into their daily activities with the children. They also wanted to know more practical ways to share what they were doing with the parents.
To meet this community need, a number of hands-on practical workshops were developed to address early literacy for parents, practitioners and anyone else interested in supporting literacy in families.
These workshops are offered in a variety of settings: daycares and day home provider agencies, community organizations, and conferences. Participants leave the workshops with information based on research as well as practical, creative, and inexpensive strategies that enhance literacy in everyday life. They also explore the important role the parent/caregiver plays in building and supporting the literacy skills of child and parent alike.
Do you know?
- Sharing rhymes, songs, books, and stories build language skills
- Identifying objects by shape, colour, or size are numeracy skills
- By engaging your child in a book, you increase their enjoyment and comprehension skills
- Having strong language skills (in any language) is the foundation for learning to read and write
- By having a variety of writing materials available, you encourage a child to write
- Playing games, asking questions, and taking turns develops essentials skills
- Children are reading symbols and signs long before they are reading words
- Shopping, cooking, and baking are rich with literacy experiences