• Provide parents with age-appropriate reading materials and activities to encourage pre-reading skills in their children
• Encourage parent-child bonding and parental involvement in their child’s education
The Family Literacy Component encourages children and parents to work together at home. Parent surveys conducted cited limited access to children’s books in their native language as the number one reason parents did not read to their child. Mi Escuelita provides parents with an on-site library that allows them to check out age-appropriate books in their native language to encourage family reading time.
On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, children take home books to read and their parents spend an average of 20 minutes each night reading to their child. The Family Literacy Component also includes take-home activities in their native language that reinforce concepts (color identification, letter recognition, etc.) that have been taught in the classroom. Parents help children learn basic pre-reading skills such as left-to-right and up-and-down, all the while reinforcing their own reading skills. On Tuesdays and Thursdays children take home activities and parents spend time completing these activities with their children.