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Child & Family Literacy

Child & Family Literacy

OLC PROMOTES EARLY LITERACY IN SOUTHWEST MISSOURI WITH CHILD AND FAMILY PROGRAMING

Early literacy programs are key to growing readers. When stories come alive for children at an early age, it can spark genuine excitement for books and reading. The Ozarks Literacy Council (OLC) strives to make kids’ enthusiasm for reading expand beyond the classroom and into the child’s home. Supporting family literacy provides a foundation for children to become strong readers and successful students.

Just 20 minutes of reading at home each day prepares a child to be successful in school and in life.

PRE-LITERACY

For special needs children ages 3-5 
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One way the OLC promotes early literacy is by partnering with Springfield Public Schools. OLC visits 40 special education classrooms up to (6) times throughout the school year. Volunteers perform readings, engage students in literature-based activities, and send children home with free books and information for parents. Lessons for each visit are developed by a special education teacher to meet the developmental needs of students. In OLC’s 2015 survey, 100% of parents reporting re-reading the books to their children!

“Through high quality books being read in an engaging way, with developmentally appropriate activities presented to reinforce the book or story, and, additionally, parent support implemented at home, students are set off on the right road to begin to read.” -Edith Kelton, Springfield Public School Teacher, 2016

WONDER YEARS

For low-income children ages 4-5 

Through The Wonder Years Program, OLC partners with Digital Monitoring Products (DMP) to visit 20 Title-One preschools (4) times a year. DMP volunteers read to children and lead them in a literature based activity. Afterward, volunteers send children home with a copy of the book and a letter suggesting ways parents can expand the story beyond the pages and the classroom.

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``BOOKS COME ALIVE`` FOR CHILDREN

At the Springfield Community Center
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Ozarks Literacy Council invites a guest speaker to the Springfield Community Center several Mondays a month to read to children. The speakers relate the story they read to their own careers, demonstrating how books can “come alive” in our own daily lives.

Books Come Alive is a great way to show children books are limitless in the type of stories they share, and it also familiarizes children with a wide range of career opportunities.

Are you ready to begin? To be matched with a tutor, call (417) 616-0505 or fill out the form below. Click here if you would like to volunteer for any of the above programs.

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