Family Literacy Workshops - Topics
At the Family Literacy Program, our trained volunteers will welcome you each evening with:
- A story time, nursery rhymes, welcome song and snack
- Time to work with your children on an activity related to the weekly topic
- Key messages that relate to the week's topic and tips on how you can help your child learn within the 12-workshop series
Week 1: Talk To Your Child
- Learn how to increase your child's vocabulary and aid in their language development
- Learn how to build conversation and language into everyday experiences
Week 2: Read to Me and Help Me Become a Reader
- Learn how to make your child feel comfortable handling books from an early age and make books a part of everyday life
- Learn how to create enjoyment for reading and learning for your child
- "Snuggle Up and Read" with your child
Week 3: Help Me Learn Math
- Find out how to give your child fun and simple opportunities to learn about math
- Use "math language" throughout the day - big, small, long, short, numbers, shapes and sizes - and help your child to become comfortable with math at an early age
Week 4: Reading All Around Us
- Our trained volunteers will help you learn how to look for writing when you are out in your community and how to help your children make the connection between signs, labels, logos and words
Week 5: Activities to Make Language Fun
- When language is made fun, children are interested and learning takes place
- Silly sounds, rhymes and songs teach children a great deal about letter and word sounds and games can encourage reading skills
Week 6: Get it "Write"
- Learn about the stages of early writing, where pictures represent words, and how scribbling turns into lines and lines turn into letters
- Learn how to strengthen the small muscles involved in holding a pencil with confidence and ability
Week 7: Playing With Language
- When children have an opportunity to role play and pretend, they are able to discover and try new ideas as their confidence grows and vocabulary develops
- Help your child discover new words and language
Week 8: Let it Move You!
- The more senses used in the learning process the higher the level of retention, and movement is the only thing that unites all brain levels and integrates right and left hemispheres for children.
- We will involve families in a fun physical activity that can easily be copied at home.
Week 9: Turn off the Screens
- TV and media are an important part of our world so we'll talk about how important it is to guide our children's TV viewing
- We will look at how some TV has value, but also when to switch it off, set limits and provide other options
Tuesday August 03 2010