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West Virginia Standards & Performance Indicators

Four Components of Family Literacy Programs

West Virginia Adult Basic Education Program

 

 

 

3. Parent and Child Together (PACT - Interactive Literacy Activities) Time

  1. Adult Education
  2. Children's Education
  3. Parent and Child Together (PACT - Interactive Literacy Activities) Time
  4. Parent Time

Parent & ChildParents who support and extend their children's learning contribute to their children's successes both in school and in life. The Parent and Child Together Time component provides the opportunity for parents and children to interact together as a family unit. For the most part, the children's interests and preferences drive activities, with parents following the lead. Staff members help parents learn how to support their children's learning through interaction with each other in meaningful activities, including play. The reciprocal learning that takes place during this time offers parents and children a chance to become true partners in education. At the end of the session, a literacy-focused large group activity provides ideas for transferring learning to the home and brings closure to the session.

When parent and child interact together during PACT - Interactive Literacy Activities Time, enhancing and enriching their relationship is the primary goal. Therefore, PACT - Interactive Literacy Activities Time is:

  • A regular scheduled session
  • A quality one-on-one time for children with their parents
  • Interaction between parent and children with their parents
  • Child-centered

There is a close connection between PACT - Interactive Literacy Activities Time and Parent Time. During the Parent Time component, as parents debrief and reflect on PACT - Interactive Literacy Activities Time activities, they gain understanding and knowledge of child development and learning behaviors which help parents to be more successful partners in their child's learning. This also strengthens the parent/child bonds. As the parenting skills of adults develop and translate into changes in positive parenting behaviors and practices, children's behavior may reflect those changes.

Direct effects of the Parent and Child Together Time component include increases in:

  • Time Spent reading to children
  • The ability of parents to positively guide their children's freedom of choice
  • adults and children engaging in other forms of learning
  • Parents' confidence as they work and play with their children
  • The perception of parents' value of education as viewed by their children*

*Mikulecky, L., Llyod, P., & Brannon, D. (1994) Evaluating Parent/Child Interactions, Indiana University

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