Northwest Territories Literacy Council

tool box Increase Text Decrease Text Print this page Email the Northwest Territories Literacy Council
Northwest territories Literacy Councila man and a woman reading a document

Books in the Home Kits

Books in the home logoThe Books in the Home Kits supplement the Books in the Home Program. The Books in the Home program is based on the belief that parents are children's first and most important teachers. In this program, parents learn to read and share books with their children in positive and enjoyable ways. The program promotes reading and writing of both parents and children.

Each package provides facilitators with an outline for a workshop with parents, activities and crafts for the book and handouts for parent to use with their children.

"Books in the Home" is a program used widely in Canada. The program is based on the belief that parents are children's first and most important teachers. In this program, parents learn to read and share books with their children in positive and enjoyable ways. The program promotes reading and writing of both parents and children.

A group of parents and a workshop leader meet once a week for 6 - 8 weeks. Childcare on sight should be available. Each week, parents study a children's book and take the book home. Parents are encouraged to ask questions about the book and do a craft relating to the book. In addition, the parents are asked to write a journal each week outlining goals for the week. At the end of the session parents spend time reading their new book to their children.

Children need to read and write and talk and listen if they are to become literate. They also need to have fun and share their ideas with their parents. Parents who have gone through this program have noticed a remarkable change in their relationship with their children.

Objectives

  • To create a supportive and encouraging learning environment for parents.
  • To provide parents with tools to help their children with reading and writing in the home.
  • To help parents prepare their children for school or help with homework.
  • To promote life long learning in parents and children.

Benefits

  • reading and writing become a part of everyday family life;
  • relationships in families are enriched through spending time with one another reading;
  • parents often become more interested in their own reading and may want to continue in Adult Education;
  • stronger communication in families is developed;
  • children learn to love reading and writing;
  • parents share quality time with children everyday.