who are nonreaders very often have children who are nonreaders. The
enables a child to become a reader has never been built in these
families. If parents are not able to read themselves, or to their
children, then books, newspapers and magazines are not in their
homes. Therefore reading is not a part of family life. So goes
the cycle of illiteracy…
Illiteracy is passed on from one generation to the next.
Tutors in the Monterey Free Libraries Families For Literacy Project
break this cycle by encouraging the learner to read to his or her
child. The Families For Literacy Program (FFL) is based on the
premise that the parent is first and most important teacher. However,
parents need basic reading skills and self–confidence if
they are to be effective teachers.
qualify for the FFL (Families For Literacy Program) an adult learner
must have at least one child under the age of six. Families For
Literacy works with learners who have children, grandchildren or
day care children age five or under. The primary goals of the program
families to the joy and value of reading
families with high quality children’s literature
parents with the skills to prepare their children for reading
learners gain skills that will enable them to become their
children's first teacher
Zanzinger enchants and entertains a group of children with stories and games
during a Families for Literacy
Offered to FFL Adult Learners
learners are provided one-on-one tutoring sessions with a volunteer
tutor who has met training requirements.
contract is signed between the FFL adult learner and the volunteer
tutor for a period of six months.
session is two hours long, and does not include the tutor's travel
or preparation time.
will develop short and long term goals with the help of their
Learners have extra responsibilities and need to attend all FFL
learner will read to his or her child three times a week for
at least 15 minutes
all meetings for the FFL learners and members of his/her family.
any evening meetings of parent education for learners only.
learner is expected to, with the help of his or her tutor, establish
two short-term and one long-term goals for him/herself.
|The FFL Program hopes
that all families will read together. To make this a possibility,
a portion of each tutoring
session is devoted to FFL, reviewing children’s books and parenting
and reading readiness material.
Adult learners benefit from practicing reading aloud to children as
part of tutoring instruction in several ways:
1. Turns receptive learning into active practice.
2. Uses more than one learning style, reading silently and listening become reading
aloud and actively speaking.
3. Raises self-esteem.
4. Meets most learners' goal of improving children's chances for success.
5. Children's book themes often apply to real life parenting situation.
6. Empowers learner to participate in children's school culture when he is with