Literacy center makes reading a family affair

Stewart, Richard
April 1991
Reading Today;Apr/May91, Vol. 8 Issue 5, p19
This article discusses the efforts of Indiana University's Family Literacy Center (FLC), to help families overcome literacy skills problems and build bonds through reading. The FLC runs two major projects that focus on reading and learning at home. One project produces a monthly audio magazine for primary grade children and their parents. The other encourages middle school children and their parents to read books together and share their reactions. These and other programs fulfill the center's purpose of conducting research and offering services that improve family communication and literacy. The monthly audio magazine, called Parents and Children Together, contains tape and accompanying text designed to help both parents and children improve their literacy skills. The magazine is written so that parents with poor literacy skills can read along with the tape. Parents and Children Together focuses on the parent ad child relationship as a springboard to learning. The first half of each issue covers topics such as linking reading and writing, motivation and learning, self-esteem, math, science and discipline. The second half of each issue contains read-along stories for children from 4 to 10 years of age.


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