School Readiness

The Early Literacy Readiness Project (ELRP)

The Early Literacy Readiness Project

The Early Literacy Readiness Project (ELRP) provides educational and developmental opportunities for preschool and kindergarten children while supporting learning activities for their parents and teachers. Three elements are explored in the ELRP : Storytimes, Parents Read Aloud Workshops, and Theater Performances.

Children learn:

  • how to MAKE CONNECTIONS between concepts, words and actions
  • how to SYNTHESIZE information aurally and through visual cues
  • that theater presentations demonstrate another way to ENJOY LITERATURE
  • how to BE GOOD LISTENERS
  • MULTI-CULTURAL stories and rhymes
  • oral LANGUAGE SKILLS
  • PRINT AWARENESS and pre-reading skills

 

Since 2005, Flights of Fantasy Story Theater has provided the ELRP to multiple Head Start and preschool facilities in Los Angeles County. The Early Literacy Readiness Project provides storytime readings, story theater performances, Parent Read Aloud Workshops, and professional development to prepare children for success in school and contributes significantly to lifelong reading and thinking skills.

According to the National Center for Family Literacy “research shows that literacy is at the root of a child’s ability to succeed, and family plays a major role in such success.” Research also shows that children who participate in quality preschool programs demonstrate earlier development of language, literacy, and mathematical skills regardless of ethnic or socio-economic background. Studies supporting these findings prove that children who have rich and varied language experiences, especially if they are second language learners, have an easier time mastering reading and comprehending information.

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Storytime

Early Literacy Program Storytime Flights of Fantasy

Storytimes occur once a week for eight consecutive weeks. Each storytime presents four to five picture books and includes fingerplays and songs. Puppets and flannel boards may also be used. A safe and accepting atmosphere is created that is conducive to learning, participation and discussion.

A quality picture book will be given to each child at the conclusion of the eight weeks.

Theater Performances

Flights of Fantasy Storytime Performances

Children are introduced to new literature through the art of theater and exposed to an alternative way of enjoying stories. Each 30-minute interactive story theater presentation is lively, colorful and includes multi-cultural stories and rhymes. Costumes, props and a portable set create a vibrant atmosphere for the shows that invite participation.

The final interactive story is performed with the students!

Parents Take the Lead Workshop

Flights of Fantasy Parents Read Aloud Workshop Headstart

The Parents Take the Lead Workshop focuses on the importance of parental involvement as the child’s “first teacher.” Making daily storytimes a habit is discussed and examples of reading material and reading techniques are demonstrated. Parents learn how to “play” and use their voices and facial expressions in engaging ways as they read and interpret a story. Each family will receive a quality picture book to take home to build their home library.

Parents:

  • CREATE a special bond with their child
  • EXPERIENCE the positive effect of daily storytimes
  • ARE EMPOWERED as their child’s first teacher
  • BUILD their child’s vocabulary, experiential knowledge and creativity
  • LEARN a variety of reading techniques
  • DEVELOP a new appreciation for literature and reading

Professional Development Workshop

During the eight week storytimes, the teachers will observe the methods the readers use to engage and entertain the students. Sometime within that period, according to the school schedule availability, the teachers will meet with the reader and discuss the techniques used, why they were successful and how they can be implemented in the classrooms on a daily basis.

What to expect:

  • techniques are modeled so that teachers can provide more engaging storytimes
  • students will respond better and learn more during their storytimes
  • teachers gain more confidence in themselves as storytime readers
  • teachers can support parents better in their efforts to have daily storytimes at home

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