3. Family Learning Kits

What are Family Learning Kits?

photo of a family learning backpack

At the beginning of the project, the NWT Literacy Council was asked to develop a literacy learning kit for families with children aged from 0 to 6 years old. It soon became clear, however, that the kits would not be well targeted. For example, it might mean that a family with a baby would receive only one baby book, along with other books that might not be immediately useful. Or, it might mean that a family with a five year old would receive many books that would be too young for the child. Together, the members of the working group reworked the idea of the learning kits. They decided that the Healthy Family Kits (a separate project) would consist of three kits: birth; six months to one year; one year to two years. Each would include some books. The family learning kits would focus on pre-school, or 4 year old, children.

Family learning kits are backpacks filled with a variety of literacy materials. Specifically, they include:

  • Franklin Goes to School (book and audiotape)
  • Red Parka Mary
  • A Northern Alphabet
  • A Winter Walk with Haley
  • The Strangest Sight I have Ever Seen
  • Mother Raven Nursery Rhymes
  • Literacy Activity Cards (activities for parents and children)
  • On the Right Track (information for parents)
  • Magnetic letters
  • A writing pad
  • A pencil bag, with pencil, ruler, pencil sharpener and eraser
  • Scissors
  • Crayons