Reading as a Family
It was attended by the children who participated, their tutors, parents, and other family members. Each child was presented with an award and a prize from participating in the program.
The Families First Program allows the children of the adult students to learn at the same time as their parents. The program began with one family in October and grew into seven families by June. Each of the 13 children that participated in the program showed improvement in reading.
Just like the parents, the children that participate in the Families First Program are paired one-on-one with tutors that assist them with literacy activities that include reading, writing, math, and technology.
Last year, the Families First program was funded by Dollar General. This year, the program will be funded by both Dollar General and United Way.
The Families First Program is a new component of the Moore County Literacy Council and has as its goals to help adults to develop literacy skills while promoting the learning success of their children.
Reading together builds confidence for low-literacy parents who might be reluctant to read to other adults, provides a positive model for literacy to children, and fosters parent-child bonding.
By supporting adult literacy, early childhood education, and parenting skills, family literacy programs aim to break the cycle of intergenerational illiteracy.
The Families First Program encourages adult literacy (basic and life skills), adult basic education, parent support groups, and parent-child interaction. Adult basic education increases motivation, skills, and knowledge and help parents find work or prepare for further training.
Parent education and support groups allow parents to share questions, concerns, and strategies with their peers and counselors. Parent-child interaction provides role models and structured situations for positive relationships.
"The Moore County Literacy Council is very proud of the work our students (both adults and children) and tutors have accomplished this year and very grateful for the support of our board and volunteers," says a spokesman. "If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please call 910-692-5954 for more information."
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