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Boekenpret And Boekstart

  1. 1. Toronto 2009 Ingrid Bon Biblioservice Gelderland Netherlands Boekenpret (Fun with Books) and Bookstart: The Dutch approach on improving language and reading skills from children 0 – 6 years of age
  2. 2. History of Boekenpret <ul><li>Developed in 92 (same time as Bookstart UK) </li></ul><ul><li>Order by Ministry of Education </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on very young children </li></ul><ul><li>Network programme </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  3. 3. What is Boekenpret ? <ul><li>Reading and languageskill stimulating programme for children between 0-6 years of age. </li></ul><ul><li>Structural = not a project </li></ul><ul><li>Longitudinal = several years of participation </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  4. 4. Target of Boekenpret <ul><li>To increase the pleasure in reading of young children and their parents. </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulating language skills and preventing to fall behind in language. </li></ul><ul><li>Improve the connection to reading education in primary schools. </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  5. 5. Targetgroups <ul><li>Families (foreign and originally dutch) with little attention and tradition for reading. </li></ul><ul><li>Professionals as a skill improving programme. </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  6. 6. How does it work ? <ul><li>Boekenpret is custom made: </li></ul><ul><li>Every municipality selects its own activities and materials. </li></ul><ul><li>Network of several participating organisations </li></ul><ul><li>A family approach programme by schools, healthcare, kindergarten, pre-schools and library. </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  7. 7. Conditions <ul><li>Minimum of two age groups </li></ul><ul><li>Working with the proper materials </li></ul><ul><li>Within each agegroup several activities, focussing on children, their parents and professionals </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  8. 8. Courses <ul><li>Knowledge of all the materials </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive reading according Taallijn VVE </li></ul><ul><li>Reading routines </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  9. 9. Baby parents <ul><li>Collaboration between healthcare centre and library </li></ul><ul><li>Combination of consults, homevisits and coffeetime </li></ul><ul><li>Example behaviour and exchange </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  10. 10. Babies <ul><li>Hardboard poster </li></ul><ul><li>Special babybooks (cloth, hardboard, plastic etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Cd with songs </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  11. 11. Babies <ul><li>Parent book with TIPS </li></ul><ul><li>Available in Dutch, Arabic and Turkish </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  12. 12. Baby parents <ul><li>Get together in the library </li></ul><ul><li>Coffeetime </li></ul>Toronto 2009
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  15. 15. The Program (2-6 Years) Consists of Several Items: <ul><li>Borrow/lending a book once a week (and take it home so the parents can read to their child) </li></ul><ul><li>3 times a year a central picture book and its accompanying discover book. </li></ul><ul><li>Stay a night over bear </li></ul><ul><li>Everyday the children are read to in an interactive structure </li></ul><ul><li>Library visit on a yearly base </li></ul><ul><li>parent participation </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  16. 16. Toddlers <ul><li>Library IN the preschool centre </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  17. 17. Toddlers <ul><li>Stay a night over bear </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  18. 18. Toddlers <ul><li>Library visit </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  19. 19. Toddlers <ul><li>Book of books </li></ul><ul><li>every book gets a mark by the child: either a sticker with a bear with a smiling face or a bear with a sad face </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  20. 20. Toddlers <ul><li>Picture book and accompanying play and discover book </li></ul><ul><li>Dutch, Arabic and Turkish </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  21. 21. 1,5 million low literate adults (1 million originally Dutch, 0,5 million foreign with very different background) Toronto 2009
  22. 22. Former Colonies <ul><li>Suriname, Antilles, Indonesia, Molukken; have had the Dutch nationality always </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  23. 23. Invited Labourers <ul><li>Turkey, Morocco, Spain, former Yugoslavia </li></ul><ul><li>starting point was: working a few years and go back but they stayed and family reunion was introduced. Cling to their culture, religion, have difficulties in accepting the customs of their new country. </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  24. 24. Asylum Seekers <ul><li>Afghanistan, Africa, former Yugoslavia, Iran, Iraq </li></ul><ul><li>Often higher educated, eager to learn the language and adapting rather quick. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>Westervoort 16.000 inhabitants (60 countries </li></ul><ul><li>represented, 1 Cuba, 1 Greenland, 2 Ghana etc) </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  25. 25. Challenges <ul><li>Illiterate parents need special support (tell the storyline so they can tell the story by using their own words) </li></ul><ul><li>Use whoever you can (imam) </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  26. 26. Costs <ul><li>Ministry of Education (via municipalities) </li></ul><ul><li>Every participating organisation pays something (common goal is important) </li></ul><ul><li>Funding for start, implementing in every organisation afterwords </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  27. 27. Effects <ul><li>parents show a change in their reading capacities </li></ul><ul><li>parents provided reading routines in their families (and kept them even several years after leaving the program) </li></ul><ul><li>children show a bigger concentration level </li></ul><ul><li>reading skills of the children improved </li></ul><ul><li>Some parents felt stigmatized </li></ul><ul><li>“ Library and reading made the difference for me” </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  28. 28. Boekenpret National <ul><li>110 municipalities (32.000 children 2-6) </li></ul><ul><li>Coördination by Biblioservice Gelderland </li></ul><ul><li>National coordinating group (12 </li></ul><ul><li>Provincial coördinators) </li></ul><ul><li>www.boekenpret.nl </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  29. 29. Toronto 2009 Again initiated by Ministry of Education, Culture and Welbeing
  30. 30. background <ul><li>Readingskills get less </li></ul><ul><li>Use it or loose it </li></ul><ul><li>Balance between television, sports, pc (multitasking), play, reading </li></ul><ul><li>Parents read less: children read less </li></ul><ul><li>Less time for literature at school </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  31. 31. Goals <ul><li>Reach every baby age 3 months and up </li></ul><ul><li>Connect baby and their family to library </li></ul><ul><li>Regular users of library and libraryservices </li></ul><ul><li>Spin off: renewed acquaintance with library </li></ul><ul><li>Create special corner in library </li></ul><ul><li>Provide proper babycollection </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  32. 32. Combination with Bookstart <ul><li>ALL parents with baby 3 month old </li></ul><ul><li>Invitation from the mayor </li></ul><ul><li>Coupon for free membership of library </li></ul><ul><li>Small suitecase with 2 books, 1 cd with nursery rhymes </li></ul><ul><li>Brochure and bookmark </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  33. 33. Parent/baby corner in Doetinchem Toronto 2009
  34. 34. Tasks library <ul><li>Provide good quality babybooks (cloth, plastic, wood) </li></ul><ul><li>Orginaze parent/baby activities </li></ul><ul><li>Connect family to library </li></ul><ul><li>Reach 60% of new born babies and their families </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  35. 35. Effects <ul><li>UK: ongoing improved schoolresults </li></ul><ul><li>Improvement of languageskills </li></ul><ul><li>Improvement of “focus” time and concentration </li></ul>Toronto 2009
  36. 36. Thank You for Your Attention Toronto 2009

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