This is a programme involving parents, students, teachers and tutors alike. It targets the infant classes and is geared at children between the ages of 4 and 6. The programme is aimed at promoting literacy and fostering a love of reading with children and parents.
Story Sacks highlights reading as a shared process and a bonding experience between the parent and child. It involves a parent and child choosing a particular book to work with over a 5-6 week period. The weekly, hour-long sessions take place in the infant classroom after school hours. These sessions with the tutor and teachers allow the families to make a sack filled with accompaniments to each particular story. Accessories such as drawings, paintings, stuffed animals, puppets, games and appropriate extras are placed in a hand-decorated sack that becomes the parents to keep and share with their child repeatedly.
The items in the sack are hand-made. The hope is that the programme helps the parents and children to bond with one another, as well as allowing teachers to chat informally with parents. The initiative has a proven track record in improving literacy and making children life long readers.
“The initiative has a proven track record in improving literacy and making children life long readers.”