First, the site coordinator introduces the book to the participating adults. The site coordinator then engages the group in a discussion about literacy, child development, and related parenting issues.
Next, the adults join the children in the classroom, where the teacher reads the featured book aloud, modeling read-aloud techniques. Then, together, the adults and children participate in an activity related to the book.
Last of all, the adults reconvene with the site coordinator to discuss what they experienced in the classroom. The site coordinator presents specific book-related activities the adults can do at home, encouraging them to spend time talking, playing and reading with their children. The adults are also given information about local libraries, adult education programs, career centers, and Tri-County Literacy’s individualized, free tutoring program.
Families each receive:
- a copy of the featured book
- a poem
- suggested follow-up activities to do at home
- a list of other books to read
Classrooms each receive:
- two copies of the book
- a collection of related books for the children to check-out for home use
- suggested extension activities to do in the classroom
- a list of related books to read
Participating Head Start Centers
Salt Bay Area (Newcastle)