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March Family Literacy Parties
Shamrocks, Rainbows, and Pots of Gold
By Connie Goldin, MA, MFT
Mom to Madre is delighted to be able to bring Family Literacy Parties to different groups each month. We always bring books for children of different ages to take home for their own home libraries. Often, the younger children gather for a book reading. Family members range in age from infants in arms to grandparents. Everyone is invited! We have a winning formula for our parties– book-choosing, special snack, and fun art project—-all accomplished within one hour.
It’s so much fun to draw and paint with kids. Every family member can join in the action. Even the littlest ones love to hold a clean paintbrush and slap at paper. Sitting on a grown-up’s lap, a baby or toddler gets a chance to use those chubby little hands in a first try with painting. Scribbling is great, too. These early art experiences are actually a part of forming early literacy and beginning writing skills. With close supervision, and kid-safe supplies, it’s a wonderful opportunity for the youngest family members to partake in the art project.
Of course, we love seeing what the older kids create! Children of all ages have so much imagination and creativity. Parents get new ideas for fun activities they can do at home with their children. We think it’s wonderful to build literacy and language through our fun family parties, where talking, laughter, reading, and art abound! Mom to Madre and parents are working together to give kids “the Gift of Gab.”