ERIC Number: ED395103
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Continuing the Exploration of Books: A Family Literacy Program for Challenged Adults. Final Report.
Doctor Gertrude A. Barber Center, Erie, PA.
This project designed a family literacy program for parents with mild learning disabilities, including mental retardation. The program, which was conducted annually for 3 years, was intended to upgrade the reading skills of the parent, and at the same time, upgrade the parents' knowledge of children's literature. The class was designed for a group of no more than 15 parents who had children under the age of 10. The targeted group of parents were individuals whose limited reading skills prevented them from reading to their children. These persons were recruited from an adult literacy program, from parents of children in a learning center program, and from the community. In the third year of the program, 20 class meetings were held from December 1994 to April 1995. Each class session revolved around a specific subject or activity. Parents were exposed to numerous children's books and they also learned many educational and entertaining activities to do with their children. The parents seemed to enjoy the program and they appreciated the materials they received. All involved showed some degree of progress. Although attendance was sporadic at times, it was much improved over the previous 2 school years. (This report includes sample lesson plans that can be useful to literacy providers who are working with parents having lower reading levels.) (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Students, Childrens Literature, Demonstration Programs, Early Childhood Education, Family Literacy, Family Programs, Learning Disabilities, Lesson Plans, Literacy Education, Mild Mental Retardation, Program Implementation, Reading Instruction, Reading Materials, Student Motivation, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education.
Authoring Institution: Doctor Gertrude A. Barber Center, Erie, PA.
Identifiers: 353 Project