George Town parents are Partners in Print

Parents and students take part in reading activities.
Parents and students take part in reading activities.

A series of parent workshops focused on developing literacy skills in Year 1 children at George Town Primary launched on Jan. 12.

With support from the Literacy is for Everyone (LIFE) charity, the 90 minute Partners in Print workshops are designed for parent and child to attend together.

Year 1 teachers Natasha Wight, Trista Welcome and Tamika Bodden guided parents in a variety of interactive activities aimed at supporting literacy development.

At the end of the workshop, children received a book of their choice, and dinner was provided for all.

“This parent program gives students the opportunity to build a strong literacy foundation through home-school partnerships,” said Education Department literacy coach Sarah Douglas.

She said the workshops offer instruction on how parents can support building their children’s foundational reading skills at home through a variety of fun activities.

“We show parents the helpful things they can be doing at home that include reading with their child, spelling words, practicing the letter sounds in a fun way, and practicing reading comprehension,” she said.

“Engaging parents is essential for young readers, as is having books around the house,” she noted, adding that support from LIFE means each child has a book to take home at the end of each workshop.

“There is a proven correlation between number of books in the home and reading achievement,” said Ms. Douglas.

Deputy George Town Primary Principal Dorothy Bodden-Wilson leads a session at a previous workshop.
Deputy George Town Primary Principal Dorothy Bodden-Wilson leads a session at a previous workshop.

Workshops have spots for 30 families. Organizers focus on Year 1 participants since reading achievement at that age has a big impact on future reading success, Ms. Douglas said.

Each of the three workshops has a different focus.

“For example, the first one looks at discriminating letter sounds, the next will build on that using phonics, and the last one focuses on comprehension,” said Ms. Douglas.

“Within each session parents learn three activities, so by the end they will have nine different reading activities to do with their children at home.”

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