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ERIC Number: ED312088
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 103
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Advocating Cultural Literacy and Creative Play for Youngsters through a Preschool Lending Library Parent Participation Program.
Ryan, Susan Fay
An experienced teacher, certified in the education of the gifted, designed and implemented a practicum that offered opportunities for enhancing the cultural literacy and creative play of preschool children who received little individual, reading-related attention from their working parents and caregivers. Play that enriched the imaginative capacities of children was seen as promoting success in and positive attitudes toward reading. Goals of the practicum were to: (1) increase individualized reading and nurturing time for children in the program; (2) increase parents' and preschool staff members' awareness of the value of creative play; and (3) promote participants' commitment to incorporation of reading and creative play into children's lives. Implementation of the practicum involved establishment of a lending library at the preschool, invitations to parents to participate in a daily or weekly reading program geared to develop children's literacy, and the use of newsletters to inform parents of the results of ongoing research on play. Ten methods that parents can use to cultivate their children's creativity are listed. Practicum evaluation data suggest that participants took pride in their involvement in the program and that the program should be continued. Related materials, such as newsletters, are appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A