In response to increasing reports of poor literacy across England, Berkshire charity ABC to Read are hosting a parents workshop at Reading College on Saturday 26 October to tackle the issue at a grassroots level.
The free workshop will run from 11am until 1pm and aims to teach parents how to be a helper and friend, not a teacher, to their children and how to encourage and incentivise their children to read. The workshop is designed to show parents how to make the time spent reading with their children enjoyable for both them and their child, building the child’s confidence and pride in their abilities.
“Fewer children across the UK are reading in their own time and one in five is embarrassed to be caught with a book,” writes BBC Education Correspondent, Angela Harrison following a survey by the National Literacy Trust. The report is amongst many over the past two months that have highlighted the low level of literacy in England compared with Asian and European counterparts.
Marcia Rowlinson, ABC to Read Chief Operating and Development Officer, said: “Our sole purpose as a charity is to encourage and empower children in Berkshire to read and we know that parents make a huge difference. This workshop will enable parents to help and encourage their children and in doing so, noticeably boost the child’s literacy and enjoyment of reading.”
The workshop will run during Parents Week (21-27 October), which is organised by The Family and Childcare Trust.
Parents can register for the workshop on the ABC to Read website: http://www.abctoread.org.uk/events/fepw/