Background to Sessions
The sessions are thematic with coordinated books, activities, songs, etc.
There are six sessions; you can do them once a week for six weeks. Make sure
you hand out the Parent Packs each week. These will give parents a chance to
participate at home with their children in a timely way.
Most of the sessions might be easily incorporated into other activities you
may already be doing. Feel free to do so; change some of the books or
activities if you have others you prefer. The important thing to remember is
that you will include parents in this process by using the Parent Packs.
In preparing for your Family Literacy time with the children keep the
following points in mind:
Choose the books/stories you will use well ahead of time. Make sure you
read and review them before using them with the group. Three books per session
are usually enough. Make sure the material you choose is relevant and age
Arrange your physical space so that it is warm and inviting. Set the
space up with pillows, blankets, good lighting, a bookcase, softly played music
and perhaps a scented candle (which you never leave unattended or within reach
of the children). Attending to peoples varied senses will create as
unforgettable an impression as possible. The children will more easily remember
the stories and discussion around them if you do so.