Research has shown the single best indicator of future school success rests within early language, reading and writing skills. Because of this fact, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Dallas County will be facilitating Family Storyteller, a six-week program designed to help parents guide their two to 6-year-olds to become more active in literacy.
For the first half of this one hour session, parents are taught key skills that can enhance their child’s reading experience. By learning how to read expressively, point to pictures, effectively label items, have children predict the book’s events and link the story to the child’s real life, parents allow their young to become more active in the story. Additionally, each week participants will receive one free book and take-home enrichment activities so both parent and child can continue to develop literacy skills outside of the course.
Analysis following the program has shown not only do parents feel more confident helping their child learn but the children also increased their understanding of basic reading and language concepts. In 2013, Family Storyteller was held at Head Start in Perry and post-surveys revealed families reported implementing the skills learned, an increase in the number of books read throughout the week and the frequency of reading time. This free event will take place at the Adel Library on Mondays, March 24-April 28 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Registration is required. Sign up at the library’s front desk or call (515) 993-3512. For additional questions, contact Extension Educator Lisa Mickelson at (515) 993-4281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.