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Family Literacy Despite Winter’s Worst

March 10, 2015

Literacy Volunteers-Androscoggin’s KAP (Knowledge As Power) families are doing well and we continue to enjoy crafts. This may be one of our last winter-themed crafts—thank goodness!Sue Kap Puppets

The gloves in the picture are thin children’s gloves from Goodwill. They were made into puppets by putting a hand-shaped piece of cardboard—made by tracing the glove itself—into the glove to prevent any bleeding of glue or marker. The decorations included googly eyes, pom-poms, beads, and sequins as well as permanent marker. The puppets can be left on the cardboard hands or taken off and used on the child’s hands. Puppets are a wonderful means of play that encourages language development.

—Sue Reilly, KAP Child Educator


Family Literacy Celebrates Fall

October 9, 2014

Halloween can be a fun holiday for craft projects with a good deal of language involved. Yes, fantasma (ghost)—I get to pick up some new language as well!

A KAP spooky tree with ghosts added.

In KAP (Knowledge As Power) Family Literacy, we started our Halloween projects with a black construction paper tree put on the wall with a re-positionable glue stick. This glue stick turns any paper into a sticky note and is not supposed to harm the walls. We will test that at the end of the season. The children added stickers on the wall and tree. This week, we added ghosts.

To make the ghosts we used coffee filters with one large cotton ball and a rubber band creating a head and flowing body. The face and extras were drawn on with markers. We again used the re-positionable glue stick to attach them to the wall.

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Three children in LV-A’s KAP family literacy program with their tree and decorations.

It will be an adventure to see what goes on the tree next.

—Sue Reilly, LV-A Child Educator

On Being a Child Educator at LVA

April 1, 2014

Welcome to the Child Educator area of our office space!


LV-A Child Educator Sue Reilly’s Desk

This is my desk, which is surrounded by projects done this year. The family has several school age children and both they and their mother enjoy the craft projects. The projects are often seasonal and offer much opportunity for the use of language concepts andpracticing English.

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LV-A’s Child Educator’s Area

The scarecrow, turkey, and owl were done in the fall. The turtle was late summer. The gingerbread kid garland and snowmen were from the winter. We ended the winter crafts with the colorful snowflakes that were inspired by one of the books we read.

Our family literacy area is colorful and includes toys, games and books for a variety of ages. Items range from rattles to noisy toys that are appropriate for learning the connection between doing something and getting a response, to puzzles and games.

The challenge is to bring age and developmentally appropriate toys and activities that can be used around smaller children. Most little ones go through the “world according to the mouth” stage where there is much oral exploration. Safety is a constant factor.

We have a number of toys that fit many interests. Most children like building

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LV-A’s Toy and Book Library

toys. We have foam blocks that mimic wooden ones but are much easier to carry, Megablocks and Duplos. There are single piece wooden puzzles and more complex jigsaw floor puzzles as well as smaller, simpler jigsaw puzzles. Drawing paper and crayons, markers, scissors and glue sticks are a basic as are white boards and dry erase markers. Little cars are a staple for some children along with toy animals, puppets and doll house items. There are many pre-reading skills that need to be practiced to help children be ready for school.

—Sue Reilly, LV-A Child Educator

Reading With a Young Child

March 11, 2014

Reading with a young child is an exciting experience. The first thing to do is let go of the idea that a child will sit, listen, and look at the pictures and words. A very young child can take devouring a book quite literally. Haven’t we all seen well-chewed edges on board books? This is normal pre-reading behavior in “the world according to the mouth” stage — around six to nine months of age.

Sue reads to  HabibaAs a child grows a little older, it is often the pictures that are of interest. Look at the pictures with the child; point out details according to the youngster’s interests. Don’t stop reading—even if the child wanders off to play. A toddler can still be listening and may wander back. If you sense that your audience has lost interest, put the book aside for a while, but leave it where it can be found. Have books handy for quite times in every room in the house.

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Letting a child know that you value reading is important. Let your child see you reading. It can be a book, a magazine, the newspaper or a cookbook. It is never too early to let a child know that reading is for pleasure as well as for information.

— Sue Reilly, LV-A Child Educator

Family Literacy

December 11, 2013

KAP (Knowledge as Power Family Literacy) has been busy this fall. In one family,  there are four school age children in the family. The ages range from four to twelve, which makes group activities something of a challenge, but we have fun. We start with snack and a read aloud, then some academics and homework, followed by games, building or simple crafts. The children are enjoyable.


KAP Family with Pumpkin Head Scarecrows

We all work on a larger, more involved craft as a family – mother, all the children, the tutor, and sometimes the father. We have made designs with colored rice, turtles from paper bowls, owls with card stock, egg cartons, and feathers turkeys from hands and feet, glittered pine cones and pumpkin head scarecrows with movable arms and legs. More, even messier crafts are planned for Christmas. It is nice to come back the next week to see them still displayed on the walls.

– Sue Reilly, LV-A Child Educator