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Fundamental Learning Center (FLC) has launched a Kansas Literacy Festival program in Wichita, KS with a workshop video for parents and educators of children who are 3-6 years of age. This instructional 45 minute session for parents and teachers of young children "The Best Way to Read Aloud to a Child" was developed around the research work of Dr. Grover J. (Russ) Whitehurst. Whitehurst developed a process called dialogic reading and then studied its effectiveness. Dialogic reading, carrying on a dialog as you read with a young child, quickly develops the crucial language skills necessary for a child to learn the nuances of listening and learning from the language in a narrative or expository book. For years research has emphasized the importance of reading aloud to children, however, before dialogic reading, most didn’t know there was a considerably more effective way of reading a book to a child than reading it from cover to cover with an expressive voice.

 

Parents can register for the program above. Register for the program and you will receive the book Hush!: A Thai Lullaby, in addition to other critical materials for exploring the story and following along with the presentation.

 

The Kansas Literacy Festival will not take place until September of 2021, but Fundamental Learning Center has partnered with Storytime Village, Inc. as one of the digital partners across Kansas that is implementing literacy projects from February through August to activate the state to fight for equity in literacy. “Our desire is to share a powerfully structured and fun way to read aloud to young children via a virtual session that anyone can access on FLC’s website,” says Jeanine Phillips, co-founder and Executive Director of Fundamental Learning Center. “Sixty-six percent of school age children are failing to learn to read proficiently in Kansas by fourth grade. Fourth grade is the year where children are no longer learning to read, but rather are reading to learn. We all have a responsibility to do what we can to improve this life-threatening set of circumstances.”

 

“We must all do our part to help move the needle for our Kansas youth,” says Prisca Barnes, founder and CEO of Storytime Village. “We are so proud of the organizations, artists, authors, and educators who are joining forces across the state. The theme of the festival, Be the Village, is a call to action for others in the statewide community to join in this effort and support literacy through the arts.” 

 

The in-person festival is a community event taking place in Wichita September 2-4, 2021. It will include a teacher’s conference, Read & Rise Breakfast Gala, and a day-long festival that provides literacy enrichment to Kansas youth through programs, events, and activities that encourage early learning, family engagement, and access to books. This Kansas Literacy Festival is supported in part by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. More information can be found at storytimevillage.org/Kansas-literacy-festival.