Our team then facilitates four workshops in which parents are trained on how they can most effectively work with their kids at home to encourage literacy. Having two kiddos myself, I know the importance of learning through play and in this program, we do just that! We make sure to share fun kinesthetic exercises with our parents that will keep their kids engaged and excited for more. My favorite exercise is reading a book out loud and then asking the kids to draw what they hear. This way, they use their imagination as well as their comprehension skills to depict the story. We also distribute simple “DIY” materials that can easily be found around the home such as cookie sheets. We use these as whiteboards to practice our ABCs and use magnets to put together sight words. These simple at-home activities have shown parents that with a little imagination teaching can be done anywhere.
Because we are not able to get together in person, the workshops are hosted through Facebook Live. At first, we thought parents wouldn’t be comfortable online, but it turns out they really like it! Being able to get together, but not leave their home and children, makes it even easier for them!