This coming week marks the beginning of SY2009-2010 for the Guam Department of Education. I am hopeful that we will have a fruitful school year filled with academic activities that will positively impact our children. Of course, with the swine flu HIN1 in the midst we must be very cautious, and there’s no doubt that it is a factor that must be taken into consideration. Let’s hope and pray that our children will be safe from this flu and other harmful instances.
I’ve always been an advocate for parental involvement, because it makes a world of difference! The family is considered to be one of the most powerful indicators of success for children. Therefore, family literacy is essential to increase a child’s literacy skills. Our children must listen, read, write, speak, and learn each day, so that their lives can be enriched in meaningful literacy. In an effort to promote family literacy, I’ve created the ABC’s of Family Literacy, which I’ve shared in the past, but I’d like to share it again to remind others on the importance of family literacy. Enjoy!
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.