Last Thursday some of our University Settlement Adult Literacy Program students brought their family along for dinner, reading, hands-on activities, and a book giveaway featuring the beloved Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. They had the opportunity to engage with their peers in an interactive and entertaining environment to support their continued growth as readers. Thanks to Families United for Learning and Literacy and Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House for arranging and hosting this great event!
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Every year our Adult Literacy Program students learn to read children’s books in a fun, interactive way to boost family literacy practices at home. A couple classes also get the chance to read to University Settlement day care classes (see the video above). Adult Literacy Program students specifically learn before, during, and after reading strategies that they can use at home in order to make reading a meaningful, exciting family activity. Here are a few:
BEFORE READING STRATEGIES:
Talk about the title, author, and illustrator.
Ask questions about the cover.
Talk about the pictures on the cover.
Have children make predictions about what they think the book is going to be about.
DURING READING STRATEGIES:
Change your voice and use body language.
Point at the words as you read.
Ask more questions to check comprehension and build on children’s prior knowledge.
Ask questions about the pictures and make more predictions.
Have children repeat after you.
AFTER READING STRATEGIES:
Review important vocabulary.
Have children summarize/retell the story.
Ask more questions connected to children’s own experiences.
Have children play a game or create art based on the topic of the book.
TRY THESE YOURSELF AT HOME TODAY!
Last Thursday, one of our Adult Literacy Program students, Nian Ci He, spoke at a Family Literacy Forum sponsored by United Neighborhood Houses (UNH) at Educational Alliance’s Manny Cantor Center. She spoke about how her English classes have helped her make the most of her life in New York and they’ve also helped her become more involved in her daughter’s education. After speaking, Nian Ci also took part in a group discussion with other adult education students and fielded questions from the audience. She did a great job!
UNH, by the way, has begun a campaign to increase awareness about the importance of family literacy. Family literacy programs are designed to involve a whole family in their collective educational success. By engaging both children and their parents (or other adult family caregivers) in a collaborative and mutually reinforcing learning process, families are better equipped to gain the skills they need to succeed.
This spring in the University Settlement Adult Literacy Program we learned how to read books to children – and not just read, but how to ask interesting questions and make reading fun. Several of our students got the chance to read to actual children in the University Settlement Early Childhood Day Care classes. Watch the video above to see how it went!