Bond to Literacy: Connecting Parents and Preparing Children for School

Some parents believe that educating their children starts when they begin school. In fact, research has shown that children start to learn in the womb.  Their capacity to learn and build healthy brains is strongest between the ages of 0 – 6 years.

This makes it extra-important for parents to play an active role in their child’s development; however, many parents are not sure how to do that.

There is a new program in town that is designed to help parents in their vital role as their child’s first and best teacher – Bond to Literacy.

The Bond to Literacy Program is designed to be fun and engaging for parents. The group meets each week to share in new ways to work with their children on the skills and concepts they will need to succeed in the school system. Since the program is based around new strategies for play, the children also get excited about it. In the end we hope the program can help to build a stronger bond between parent and child through literacy.

Newcomers to Canada will find this program especially useful since some are unfamiliar with the expectations of the schools here.

Even people who speak very little English will find this a simple and fun program. The rewards of getting children ready to succeed in school, and also building a parent’s confidence and connections in the community, will last a lifetime,” says Christine McWillis, Executive Director of Project Literacy Kelowna Society.

“We are excited to work directly with parents to support family literacy,” says Fern Carr, Board President of Project Literacy Kelowna Society. “This allows us to increase our impact and assist people in reaching their full potential at home, at work, and in the community.”

The Bond to Literacy program is free and child-minding will be available on-site. Parents with children ages 3, 4 or 5 will find this to be a very useful way to spend 12 weeks. The first program will start in early April and continue weekly until the end of June.

To find out more about Bond to Literacy (a program of HIPPY Canada), please contact Anna at Project Literacy Kelowna Society at 250-762-2163.