History: Two years ago, San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth, and their Families approached Jumpstart to lead a new program, the Early Literacy Initiative.
Mission: We collaborate with city and community organizations to increase literacy services to children ages 0-5 and their families in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley and BayView Hunter’s Point neighborhoods.
Reading with Corduroy at the BayView Library
About Us: The Early Literacy Initiative
Program: Our services include family workshops, community events, literacy nights, and other special projects.
Storybook Productions Summer 2007
Typical Event Schedule
Sign-in & Nametags
Welcome & Overview
Feedback & Sign-out
Tips for Working with Children (1)
Familiarize yourself with the activity instructions. Guidelines and objectives will be provided.
Crouch down so you’re at their eye level, and so you can hear them.
Let the child lead the project. If he wants to go off on a tangent, go with the flow and encourage his enthusiasm. This will help develop his initiative and self-confidence.
Volunteers making puppets with children
Tips for Working with Children (2)
4. Emphasize the process, not the product. It’s ok if she decides to put the puppet’s nose under the mouth! Ask questions and let the child be creative—this allows children to pursue and develop interests.
5. Be patient. Let kids have emotions. If they get upset or angry with each other (for example when sharing supplies), mediate. Help them learn social and problem-solving skills.
Preparing for Storybook Productions 2007
Tips for Reading to Preschoolers (1)
Allow children to hold the book and turn the pages.
Use different voices for different characters.
Ask open-ended questions about what is happening in the story. For example, “What do you think will happen next?”
4. Make statements about what is happening on a page to prompt discussion about the story.
5. Encourage children to read the story to you; even if they are attending to pictures rather than words, they build language skills by constructing the story themselves.
6. Make reading an enjoyable experience so they will want to do it again!
Tips for Reading to Preschoolers (2) Reading with Corduroy
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