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Early Literacy Gets Family Driven

To have a strong base in literacy from the very start of one’s education is important for every student. Knowing how to read and speak the language in which most of the academic courses are taught is the most basic and vital step in anyone’s educational life.

Emergent Literacy Begins at Home

The idea that most people have about children learning to read only when they enter a school is very misplaced. Research shows that a child learns about language and literacy through his or her interaction with adults. It starts long before a child is even ready to be sent to school, which is why it is important to have a family driven approach towards the matter.

The term ‘emergent literacy’ is used to define all the knowledge that a child has about communication and language, before he or she can actually read or speak. This knowledge is generated over time, through the children’s experiences with conversations, listening to stories and more. All in all, a family plays a large role in how children will respond to early literacy classes at school and, consequently, how they will grow in their academic lives.

Parents Being Educated Alongside Children

A recent project initiated by the San Francisco Unified School District takes the newest technology to parents so that they can help their children be better at their language skills. This is a very family driven approach towards improving early literacy, as parents themselves can now help their children with their literacy education at home.

As a part of this project, each family will be given an iPad through which they will be provided with specific training modules. These modules will help them get to know their device better while also teaching them how to help their children in improving their literacy.

The People Behind the Project

This vision to help children be more literate from an early age comes from a collaborative effort between the School District, the board of education of San Francisco, and community members. The idea is to imagine what the graduates of the area will need in a decade’s time in order to be successful members of the society.

The three things that made this list were:

  • They should be bilingual.
  • They should be well versed with technology and all the technological trends being seen in markets.
  • They should be ready for all careers, even those that don’t exist currently.

A very large hand in making this project successful is played by Mark Zuckerberg. He, through his foundation Startup: Education, is the one who is funding the iPads that will be given to the families.

This project will stress upon the importance of a family when it comes to early literacy and education. It supports the idea of a family driven approach to education. It is hoped that this project will help students be more fluent in English as well as other languages that can help them in their future academic endeavors. Apart from this project, the district is also thinking of launching a computer science program by 2025 that will be effective from preschool until the 12th grade.

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