What is Motheread/Fatheread?
Motheread/Fatheread is a national program led by trained certified facilitators which helps:
- *educate parents on the importance and vital impact of reading to their children every day
- *parents to connect to children's literature by using it as a framework to explore, discuss, and reflect on real-life, every day experiences
- *build parent's confidence in the art of active reading with their children by practicing research-based strategies that help to engage children and make stories more meaningful
- *improve parents' listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through reflective responses to adult writings
Why attend Motheread/Fatheread?
Children are our most important resoucrce! Research shows that early, habitual reading to children:
- *promotes healthy brain development, rapid growth in language acquisition, development of prolonged listening stamina and use of imagination with can relate to creative problem solving
- *correlates to higher levels of education
- *reinforces the parent-child connection
Participation in Motheread/Fatheread Book Club includes:
- *FREE childcare!
- *FREE food!
- *FREE books!
What happens during the Motheread/Fatheread Book Club meetings?
The book clubs typically meet once per week for 2 hours, over a period of 10-12 weeks. Child care is provided in a seperate space so adults can fully participate. In each meeting, a holistic, learner-centered approach is used to facilitate the exploration of literacy as experience, art and process. These activities may include modeling and practicing read-aloud techniques to help children engage wih stories, as well as reflect to adult writings which may be connected to a piece of children's literature or a writing skill. These activities are followed by the rejoining of parents and children in order to reinforce and implement the read-aloud techniques practiced.
"Motheread Book Club has been one of the greatest learning programs I have ever done. It has taught me how to engage my daughter
during reading and gives us books to read and bond over. I love going every week. We learn and discuss new topics and techniques for reading."
--Jessica Diver, parent participant in Motheread/Fatheread program