Children learn so much from their parents. At Get Set Learn we see parents teaching children every day.
Learning begins at birth. As a parent you are your child’s first and most important teacher.
Here are some tips you can try at home to help your child learn.
Talk to your baby or child, even if they can’t answer back yet.
Listen to your baby or child, even if they aren’t using words yet. Respond by smiling, nodding, and asking questions.
Read with your child every day, or look at a book together.
Play with your child. Children learn by playing. Do things together that you enjoy: building with blocks, racing cars, puzzles, board games, crafts, or colouring.
If you are not a confident reader, that’s OK! Look at a book together and talk about what might be happening in the story. Point to the pictures.
Keep children’s books in your home where your child can look at them.
You can borrow books from the library for free. Second-hand stores have children’s books too.
If your child likes to keep moving, you can read to them in their highchair or in the tub. If your child is a baby or toddler, try sturdy board books.
Do things together like sorting socks, setting the table, and playing with different sized cups in the tub or sink. Your child learns numbers and shapes from ordinary activities you do at home.
Be a role model for your child. Take time to read books with him or her. Take time to have fun together as a family.
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Get Set Learn programs are family literacy programs.
Literacy is more than learning to read and write. Literacy includes being able to use reading, writing, speaking, and numerical skills to effectively to understand and participate in school, life, and work.
Low literacy affects many aspects of life including health, income, employment, parenting, education or training, and daily living.
Learning begins at birth. Parents and Grandparents are a child’s first and most important teachers.
Family literacy programs build on the already-present strengths within families by working with parents and grandparents to support the growth of their child’s literacy skills and their own literacy skills.
Our children’s programming follows a play-based approach to build on and strengthen children’s learning through creative and multi-sensory experiences.
Some of our participants in Get Set Learn live below the poverty line. Family literacy programs like Get Set Learn can help break the intergenerational cycle of poverty in families. When literacy skills improve, outcomes for entire families improve, including employment, health, and success in school.
Research shows that parents’ literacy, education, and employment levels directly affect literacy development in their children. In our Get Set Learn programs, parents receive information and guidance to take the next step on their own path to increased literacy, education, or employment.
Family Literacy works
Several agencies in North America have provided research on Family Literacy programs:
Read a study on the effects of parents’ education levels and reading ability on the child: Family Literacy Matters: A Longitudinal Parent-Child Literacy Intervention Study
Centre for Family Literacy’s (Edmonton, Alberta) 2006 report: www.famlit.ca/resources/Ch.6%20LT%20report.pdf