The Blueprint Early Literacy (Click the title to learn more)
On Wednesday, April 10th from 9am-10am Richton Square School hosted The Blueprint to Early Literacy designed to partner with parents to empower early readers. Parents participated in an interactive workshop that provided tools to build the foundation for a lifelong love of reading.
Mrs. Payne’s love and enthusiasm for teaching early literacy shined through as she shared various strategies for parents to use at home. Caregivers learned the importance of reading with their child vs. reading to their child. Reading with a child engages them in literature by asking questions to cultivate comprehension and language. Parents were encouraged to talk about the things they see in the illustrations and ask questions to help their child make connections between the story and their child’s life. When reading a story with a child talk about the characters’ feelings. Ask them who or what they might see on the next page. Attendees also learned how to help early readers sound out words by using phonics. Mrs. Payne shared ways to use practical things that many families have at home to help with letter and word recognition. In addition, parents received a variety of new books to add to their home library, bookmarks and information about free programs held at Matteson and Richton Park Library.