[kids-lib] Including families in literacy programs for K-3rd graders

Katie Anderson katiea at wccls.org
Sun May 8 10:43:31 PDT 2022

Often families participate together in library programs. How do you manage family participation in structured literacy activities designed for K-3rd graders?

Fostering Readers has resources to help!

  *   Extended activity plans<https://fosteringreaders.weebly.com/extended-activity-plans.html> include tips for “Family Engagement” in the navigation bar along the right side of each plan and “Messages for Caregivers” in the variations and extended learning section at the end of the plan.
  *   Literacy messages<https://fosteringreaders.weebly.com/uploads/1/1/9/7/119714809/talking_points_spanish-2019.pdf> to share with parents and caregivers in English and Spanish. These are like the Every Child Ready to Read early literacy messages many of us have integrated into storytimes and other programs. For example:
     *   When children are allowed to choose their own books, they read more and develop lifelong reading habits and strategies. Cuando pueden escoger sus propios libros, los niños leen más y forman costumbres y estrategias de lectura que les servirán durante toda su vida.
     *   Reading isn’t always a quiet activity! Kids need to talk before, during, and after reading to develop comprehension skills. La conversación puede dar vida a la lectura. Los niños tienen que hablar antes de, durante, y después de leer; eso facilita la comprensión.
  *   Give parents and caregivers handouts<https://fosteringreaders.weebly.com/get-handouts-and-more.html> at the beginning of the activity so that they can support kids during the activity
     *   Visual Thinking Strategies<https://fosteringreaders.weebly.com/uploads/1/1/9/7/119714809/streamlined_vts_handout_eng-spa_2019.pdf> (bilingual)
     *   Fostering Reading Growth in English<https://fosteringreaders.weebly.com/uploads/1/1/9/7/119714809/fostering_reading_growth_short_2019.pdf> and Spanish<https://fosteringreaders.weebly.com/uploads/1/1/9/7/119714809/fosteringreadinggrowth-spanish.pdf>

What does it look like?
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Thank you Mollala Public Library for being a Fostering Readers pilot project site in 2019!

Please let me know if you have anu questions.
Katie Anderson (she/her)
Youth Services Librarian | WCCLS<https://www.wccls.org/>
katiea at wccls.org<mailto:katiea at wccls.org> | 971-358-9359
My work week is Sunday - Thursday

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