TLC’s Family Literacy 360 program, started in Comment from Saray, a parent in the program expressing her level of self-esteem from program participation, “I find myself excellent!” 2015, is in response to requests from the community to bring together children and their parents to develop literacy skills. The objective is to break the intergenerational cycle of low literacy and teach parents that they are their child’s first teacher and that they can be successful at it. The program focuses on four reading comprehension strategies: predicting, questioning, clarifying and summarizing. Olivia told the tutor that she that her children are, “less shy and worked more together on homework.”To build on these skills we have added a researched based strategy called literature circles, an interactive and engaging group activity based on the books being read.
The program is designed to increase the stability of the family through interaction, mentoring and shared experiences and effort.Our volunteer tutors evaluate the families weekly. Barbara noted that, “The mothers are learning more and more English each week, reading better and very excited.”
For the parents, the program is designed to provide first time and drop out adult students with the skills and confidence to enter a more formal, rigorous Adult Basic Education Program.
The program will lay a foundation for effective parent support in teaching, homework assistance, and help create a home environment conducive to learning! Parents are given books to read at home to their child!
Our partners are The Deep Well Project of Hilton Head, Bluffton Self Help and the Beaufort County Library System. The two nonprofit partners serve the poor and disadvantaged members of the community with shelter, food, clothing and assistance to pay utility bills. More importantly, they serve families. BUT they don’t teach families to speak English or read and write! TLC’s Family Literacy 360 Program can take the family to a level of success that can lighten the burden on these organizations and our community!
USC-Beaufort’s Department of Education is developing curriculum, creating metrics and providing tutors. USC Columbia’s Institute for Families in Society will follow the family and help them use their learned skills to be more active in the community.
It is very clear that family literacy programs work!
For more information on Family Literacy 360 call Pam Wall at 843-815-6616 or email Terri Clarke.