New family literacy program gearing up in Kingman
KINGMAN – Kingman families will soon have the opportunity to learn how to make reading a central part of home life through a new family literacy program.
Family literacy emphasizes the importance of children and caregivers learning together through reading at home. Thanks to the efforts of the Kingman Area Literacy Program and several local and state organizations, Kingman families will have tools to improve learning efforts at home.
“This truly is a multi-organization effort,” said Erin Roper, KALP director. “Angle Homes, Inc. provided the funds we needed to start the program, Mohave Community College is providing meeting space, the Venture Club of Kingman will provide volunteers, and Read Better Be Better is providing the curriculum and program support.”
Families will attend an orientation session at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 at Mohave Community College’s Beale Street Center. Caregivers will meet with staff members from Read Better Be Better to learn about the program and get a home literacy kit. Kids will engage in a story time and craft with volunteers from the Venture Club. All families will receive a copy of the story to read at home.
“It’s an amazing opportunity for caregivers who want to help improve their child’s reading, especially reading comprehension,” Roper said. “The program coordinators support the family throughout the entire program.”
During the free six-week program, families will read together at home twice a week for 30 minutes. The first run of the program will accept 15-20 families that have a second-, third- or fourth-grade student in the home. Participating families will receive a literacy kit, book and assistance from Read Better Be Better staff and the Kingman Area Literacy Program.
To learn more and sign up for the family literacy program, visit https://www.readbetterbebetter.org/our-program. To request literacy, GED or English language tutoring, or to volunteer with the Kingman Area Literacy Program, go to KingmanReads.org, email KingmanReads@gmail.com or call 928-421-2367.