Ready, Set, Read!
Helping families put the power of reading in their children’s hands
In a series of five workshops, parents of children ages birth to age eight learn hands-on techniques and gain essential knowledge to help them create positive learning experiences in their home and everyday surroundings.
During the workshops, parents learn how to help their children develop phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency, and reading comprehension. They identify and explore individual learning styles for themselves and their children, learn how a child’s brain develops, find out why reading is critical event from birth, and learn how to select age-appropriate books and activities. While parents and caregivers are learning about literacy, their children are getting hands on experiences that will help them develop their literacy skills. The workshop culminates with parents and children working together on the skills just learned in an interactive setting where techniques and lessons are modeled.
This fun and interactive series helps break the cycle of intergenerational illiteracy by giving parents practical guidance and building their confidence as parents, teachers, and advocates for their children. Additionally, parents who want to improve their own literacy are also connected through Ready, Set, Read! to community partners who can help them develop their skills.
Workshop topics include:
- Brain Development and Learning Styles
- The World of Reading: Understanding How Children Learn to Read
- Reading with Your Child
- Reading is Everywhere: Learning through Play and Daily Life
- Helping Your Child Succeed in School
Benefits of families who read together:
- Creates a bond, giving children a sense of intimacy and well-being.
- Is pleasurable experience for children and they will have a positive attitude towards reading as they grow up.
- Calms them, especially when they are fretful and restless.
- Promotes increased communication between parent and child.
- Preschool children who are exposed to language by hearing words that are read to them and in conversation do well in school.
- Many studies show that students who love learning and do well in school were exposed to reading before preschool.
- Promotes longer attention span.
- Builds listening skills and imagination.
- Children learn early that reading is fun and not a chore.