The Reading Together® programme consists of four 1¼ hour workshops (spread over seven weeks) for small groups of parents/whānau (no more than 15). The workshops are led by experienced educators and held in informal settings (such as school libraries) at times which suit the educators and parents involved. Librarians provide support, where possible.
When bringing groups together face-to-face is not safe or feasible, a compromise can be adopted i.e. a virtual approach. Effective virtual implementation of Reading Together® is especially relevant during a pandemic when support for children in the home is paramount. It will help mitigate the negative impacts of school disruption on children and families/whānau, and will help to increase children's engagement, confidence and competencies in language and literacy learning. For more information, please see:
A summary of the Reading Together® workshops:
Week 1: How to help with reading at home, including:
» suggestions for helping (explanation, demonstration and discussion)
» using libraries (support and resources)
Week 2: How to check the difficulty level of reading materials, including:
» finding and using the right material with your child
» helping your child to read suitable material
NOTE: CHILDREN ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP.
Week 3: How to help children overcome problems in their reading, including:
» ideas about how we read and what helps us to read
» more suggestions for helping children
Week 7: Sharing ideas about reading, giving feedback and looking ahead