After three visits, you can easily see the excitement is building. Five year old Mila will begin kindergarten this fall. To prepare for the transition, she is taking part in a free Pembina Trails program called Literacy Links.
“I am excited to play with Lego,” she says with a big grin.
Mila and her mother sit at the family’s dining table carefully listening, as a Literacy Links coordinator reads a lighthearted book about a frog.
“I think the program is awesome for families to take part in because it gives them an opportunity to sit and learn with their children in a fun manner, since they are the most important teacher in their child’s life,” shared Jenny Horel, Literacy Links coordinator. “Parents have the chance to see what their child knows, and to watch them grow in their learning.”
Literacy Links is a summer program that provides children, who are registered for and will be attending kindergarten in the fall, a chance to enjoy learning experiences in the comfort of their own home. Trained facilitators visit and use a play-based approach that aims to introduce activities involving print, rhyme and beginning sounds. The hope is to inspire parents and caregivers to then make literacy part of their daily routine.
Mila’s mother Nicole is not only a parent, but also a teacher. She sees the value in offering young students a solid head start.
“I just love it. This gets kids ready for kindergarten. They are working on letters, numbers and listening to someone other than me. I think it is a wonderful thing that Pembina Trails offers the program,” says Nicole.
Literacy Links is proudly supported by our Board of Trustees. Learn more here.