The Parent Side of Childhood Education


We have all heard the phrase that parents are their children’s first teacher. It’s cliché but true. Parents teach their children to walk, talk, dress themselves, etc. They also teach children their values and attitudes about many things those children will face in the future, including the value of education.
Research shows us the value of investing money in pre-K education to prepare children to be successful in school. Kokomo has a great 75/5 effort going on right now. The Literacy Coalition has our Reading Rabbits program furnishing free books from age 0-5 to parents/caregivers of children below the poverty line. The hope is to have those children set up to succeed when they begin kindergarten.

Yet, the research also tells us that children of parents with low literacy skills have a 72% chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves. We see this echo of low literacy in so many of the adults we are helping at the Literacy Coalition. We know we can have a very positive affect upon a child’s education by making their parents successful in improving their skills. Those improved skills often lead to better jobs, less stress, and a changed attitude about the value of education.
In fact, many adults come to us telling us they want to be able to read stories to their children, notes from teachers, and provide a positive role model at home. Due to circumstances such as odd learning styles, learning disabilities, or work schedules, classes just don’t work for them. That is why they often succeed at the Literacy Coalition.

Our practice of matching adults with tutors for one-to-one lessons can work wonders for student who previously have just had negative educational experiences. Some of the advantages are:
• The learner sets his own goals and dictates what he wants to learn. This can be as diverse as passing a driver’s test, passing an employment test, passing the TASC/GED, or simply learning or improving their reading skills.
• By only having two people involved in the process scheduling can be very flexible. It makes it easy to schedule around work and vacations as each pair controls its own schedule.
• The lessons progress at the learner’s own pace. If it takes three weeks to master a skill that would only be covered once in a classroom, that’s fine.
• Our learners develop a personal relationship with their tutor who is only there because they care about each student’s success.
• We only teach to the learner’s goal. No credits to earn, no unnecessary classes to take.

Using this model, we see motivated learners make great progress. They become better workers, better citizens and better parents. We strive to keep our services free and meaningful. If any one of your friends or family could benefit from our services, please encourage them to come in and discuss their goals with us. If being a tutor in this type of learning environment appeals to you, come talk to us. ILLITERACY is the largest solvable problem facing our country today! If you would like to help financially, please hit the donate button and become a supporter of literacy in our community.

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