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Story Tellers works in partnership with local primary schools to provide a space for children and their parents or carers to build confidence in their literacy skills. In a friendly and relaxed environment, children and parents take part in different ‘story corners’ in which they share a story through a book, craft or educational activity. By taking part in these story corners at a pace that suits each child and parent, the children are able to practise their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in a fun and engaging way. This will involve phonics practice in partnership with the schools’ learning, by focusing on or creating different sounds and letters.
Not only do the children benefit, but the parents are able to engage in their child’s learning and literacy skills, making the connection between home and school even stronger. It is also set up in a way in which the parents can build confidence in their own literacy skills. One partnering school estimates that 60% of their parents have literacy levels below that of an average 10-year-old. These challenges are enormous barriers to employment and play a key role in the persistent inter-generational poverty that Flourishing Families is seeking to overcome. Story Tellers will be making a real difference to both children and parents.