Family literacy is a way to teach families to read and write so that they can help their children at home. It embraces the intergenerational links which can interrupt the cycle of illiteracy. In an effort to promote family literacy, I’ve created the ABC’s of Family Literacy, which include the following:
ABC's of Family Literacy
A lways take the time to read to your child at home.
B elieve in your child’s ability to achieve literacy success.
C reate a print-rich environment.
D iscover the importance of literacy together.
E ncourage your child to read daily.
F ocus on a positive reading experience.
G rab your favorite book and read!
H andle reading and writing with care.
I nspire your child to read with meaning.
J oin family literacy events.
K eep up the great work!
L isten to your child read.
M ake reading a ritual at home.
N ever give up!
O pen your mind to the wonderful world of reading!
P repare your child for literacy success.
Q uality time is essential. Make time for it.
R ead and write with enjoyment.
S et a good role model.
T alk about the books you are reading.
U se prior experience and knowledge to enrich your child’s reading.
V isit the library or bookstore and select an age-appropriate book to enjoy reading.
W ear a SMILE!
X out and conquer all obstacles.
Y ou can make a difference!
Z oom in on literacy strategies to enhance reading.
Family literacy is important in our ever-changing society. Our children must listen, read, write, and learn each day, so that their lives can be enriched in meaningful literacy. There’s no doubt that when family literacy is strengthened, our children’s literacy skills will increase.
Family Literacy Web Site Resources:
- Family Literacy Foundation: http://www.read2kids.org/
- Family Literacy Resource Notebook: http://literacy.kent.edu/Oasis/famlitnotebook/
- National Center for Family Literacy: http://www.famlit.org/
- International Reading Association: http://www.reading.org/
- American Library Association: http://www.ala.org/
- Motheread, Inc.: http://motheread.org
- National Even Start Association: http://www.evenstart.org/
- Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy: http://www.barbarabushfoundation.com/