Literacies in Children’s Programs

It takes a village to raise readers and writers. Organizations that offer programs for children’s extracurricular growth, such as camps, science centers, or sports programs, can promote literacies. Children need to be exposed to disciplinary literacies, such as how to read and think like an historian versus reading and thinking like a scientist. Or how to keep journals for nature studies or a training log for sports. Mentors, such as grandparents or big brothers or sisters, are also key toward fostering literacies in children. Restorative literacies can be integrated in children’s programs in ways that are authentic, purposeful, and meaningful.

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