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Nov 5 2007

November is Family Literacy Month


The DeKalb Early Learning and School Readiness Commission
(DELSRC) and their partners have joined together to launch the first annual
“DeKalb’s Children Read!” literacy campaign in November in order to promote the
importance of early reading and to make books accessible to all children.

Each year the Governor and the First Lady choose a high
quality children’s book to send home with each child in Georgia’s Pre-K
program. This year’s book is Where is
the Green Sheep?
by Mem Fox. Making
quality children’s literature available to families is a goal of the DELSRC, Georgia’s Pre-K
Program and the Governor’s Office. DeKalb County School’s Pre-K program has
used the gift of Where is the Green Sheep? as an opportunity to promote
literacy and parent involvement by hosting Family Literacy Week, November
5-9. This is being expanded into a
county-wide literacy initiative and DELSRC is providing Where is the Green
to childcare centers, homeless shelters and DFACS.

Here is how you can celebrate Family Literacy Month:

  • Volunteer to read Where is the Green Sheep? at your child’s Pre-K center
  • Visit the library with your child
  • Get your child a library card
  • Read to your child at least three times a week, or better yet, every day
  • Let your child see you reading
  • Keep lots of books in your home

Here are some additional resources on early learning and school readiness:

Bright From the Start, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
Colorin Colorado  — from a Spanish phrase that is often said after reading a good story,
“colorin colorado” is a bilingual website for parents and educators
who wish to help children become successful life-long readers
Get Ready to Read!   —  a national program to build
the early literacy skills of preschool children
Zero to Three  — lots of information on infants and toddlers for both parents and professionals


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