Literacy Begins at Home and Spreads Abroad
From Perry South / Perry Hilltop, Theodora Cotton helped parents prepare their preschool aged children prepare to enter Kindergarten ready and expecting to learn to read. Theodora hosted workshops at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Church for parents and visited five childcare centers throughout the Northside to explain the value of reading to children, no matter how young, and teach parents how to engage with young children while reading to them. The project provided instructional brochures with family reading tips for parents, as well as a selection of books to take home and read together.
“Our seminars encourage parents to read together with their kids at home,” said project leader Theodora Cotton. “I wanted them to understand the importance of building home libraries so that books are accessible to the children whenever they want to hear a story, or just look through a book.”