To Begin With ...
Following is the information you will need to begin a Family Literacy
program with the children in your care. First, we will provide some helpful
hints on working with the parents of these children in order to develop your
Each session has accompanying parental handouts. These cover information
supporting the theme of the sessions as well as more general information about
Family Literacy. Handouts are easy ways to break the ice providing
the parent has no problems reading and understanding them. If a parent does
have a problem with their own reading and writing there are ways they can get
help. Please see the Appendix for agencies close to you which you can feel
confident recommending. This can be a very sensitive area for people and one
that must be handled discreetly.
A copy of a Reading Log is also provided for you to give to parents.
This is intended to help them keep track of books they read with their
children. It is not to be used as a report card! Simply explain that it is
provided for their convenience and not to make them feel guilty if it is used
infrequently or not at all.
Your community will have other resources (such as libraries, museums,
counseling services, regional college offices) which can offer you additional
help and information. Use them and make them available to parents by talking