TITLE

Reading Their Worlds: Working with Diverse Families to Enhance Children's Early Literacy Development

AUTHOR(S)
Rosario-OrdoƱez-Jasis; Ortiz, Robert W.
PUB. DATE
January 2006
SOURCE
YC: Young Children;Jan2006, Vol. 61 Issue 1, p42
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents the importance of family literacy programs. Family literacy programs are usually initiated by outside educational institutions or agencies. Family literacy programs can lead to long-lasting, positive results when they encourage parents and other family members to reflect critically on their relationships with their children and to think about the role of literacy in their lives. Parent involvement in children's early literacy experiences can enhance children's academic achievement. A sociocultural perspective of literacy considers the way parents, children and extended-family members use literacy at home and in their community. According to Paulo Freire, a Brazilian educator learning to read the written word is intertwined with the knowledge and meaning that is derived from reading one's world. Many culturally and linguistically diverse parents value literacy and see it as the single most powerful hope for their children's future. Early childhood educators can have a greater impact on children's literacy development when they view parents as providers of information as well as recipients. Many parents engage in daily literacy activities with their children, although they may not be fully aware of the educational impact of their involvement.
ACCESSION #
19734299

 

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