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ERIC Number: EJ903020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1544-6751
Literacy in a Bag: Colorado School for the Deaf Sends Reading Home
Branch, Deborah
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v10 n1 p18-19 Spr-Sum 2009
To assist parents with deaf or hard of hearing children who may need help supporting their child's learning, the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind developed Family Literacy Packs. These literacy packs, available to families within the state of Colorado, provide fun, interactive activities that help parents support their children's literacy while also helping to build family connections. Each literacy pack is a kid-friendly backpack filled with a collection of children's books and a variety of other literacy materials, including a DVD on which a deaf storyteller presents the material in American Sign Language, addresses vocabulary, asks questions about the story, and encourages further learning on related topics. Each literacy pack centers on a theme. There are 24 themes and four literacy packs devoted to each theme in circulation. One copy of each theme has been adapted for children who are deaf-blind, blind, or visually impaired. Spanish translations are in development. Literacy packs give parents the tools and structure to support their children's literacy and language development and the opportunity to share quality time with their children. They provide high-quality books and DVDs to make the stories accessible to all, encourage families to improve their sign language skills while having fun, and empower parents to teach their children.
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, KS 3600, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: 800-526-9105; Tel: 202-651-5340; Fax: 202-651-5708; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado