Child Development-Literacy and stories

Ref: C3840319

The Course 'Child Development- Literacy and Stories', will cover the basics of helping your child to read and write (and improve their Literacy skills). It will also help your literacy skills. The overall learning outcome will be to produce a story-book as a collaboration between you and your child.

Course aim

This Course will help you to discover how to help your child (ren) with their literacy skills (reading and writing). We will cover a literacy Unit looking at the role of literacy in Schools. The role of literacy in family learning will also be looked at; and the outcome will be helping your child to write a short story with illustrations.

Who is the course for?

Students need to be at Entry 3 or above with own literacy levels. They can be parents, relatives of children; or interested in going into the area of working with children.

What topics will this course cover

We will cover the following:- looking at children's stories from different areas of the world (including stories written by children with illustrations), literacy exercises, Unit work- 'Keeping up with your Child's Literacy', how to make your own book, Auditory and Phonics learning, the benefits of reading with your child. Outside of the class you will collaborate on producing a short story-book with your child.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Understand children's stories from different areas of the world and the similar connections between them. 2 Understand the basics of learning to read and write including: Phonics, Auditory and 2-letter sounds learning . 3. Complete the Unit- 'Keeping up with your Child's Literacy'. 4. Realise the benefits of reading with your child. 5. Learn How to make your own book and collaborate to produce a short story-book with your child.

How will I know I'm making progress?

A literacy test will be given to ascertain your literacy level at the beginning of the Course. Individual learning plans will chart your progress throughout the Course and written and verbal support will be given by the Tutor.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Students are welcome to bring any stories/information to the Class which will be relevant. Files, A/4 paper and pens will be needed although some basic stationary will be provided.

Reading and information sources

No preparation is necessary, just an interest in Child learning and Literacy.

What could the course lead to?

There will be further Teaching/ Child learning Courses in St. John's venue- or the students can be sign-posted to other Courses within this area.

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Child Development-Literacy and stories Course Outline


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
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