- includes activities that are shaped by the participating families’ knowledge
and interests, and involves hands-on, participatory learning experiences.
- supports home-based literacy practices, promoting ways for families to
continue to do literacy-building activities learned at the program when they
- is adaptable and culturally appropriate for use with diverse groups of families
in a variety of settings.
- includes activities and information that are presented in ways that will
effectively engage participants with different learning styles.5
- ensures a comfortable, non-threatening learning atmosphere that includes
trust and understanding in relationships among staff and participants.
- uses instructional methods and activities that are respectful of participants
of all ages and capabilities, and emphasizes modelling appropriate learning
behaviours and practices.
- offers theme-based literacy programs for special interest groups (such as
those involved in basketball, dance or swimming) at locations where families
gather, when possible.
- offers program content to meet the special needs identifi ed by marginalized
groups, or those who do not feel comfortable in other family literacy
programs (such as seniors with grandchildren, homeless families, teenaged
parents, families who need the content interpreted and translated into
other languages, families who are not easily able or ready to leave their own
- offers some other specialized components that support literacy for families
to enjoy together (such as music, gardening, cooking, scrap-booking,
photography), when possible.
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