Union County Extension held an early literacy program with parents and their preschool children beginning in November.
The Family Storyteller program uses 12 reading techniques, video clips, modeling and take-home activities to increase the amount and quality of time parents and their 3- to 6-year-old children spend together in literacy activities.
The weekly program was offered for six sessions with a total of 10 parents/day care providers and 11 children participating.
A light supper was served before every program, which was sponsored by Union County Extension.
After the parents learned about the skills highlighted for the week, the children joined the parents for the end of the session to read the featured book and do one of the take-home activities.
By the end of the program, participating families had six books, 24 take-home activities and supplies worth $50, which were sponsored by Iowa State Savings Bank, PCSB and First National Bank.
Other sponsors and supporters who donated supplies and their time include Casey’s North, Family Shoe Store, Aubrey Allen, Billie Fogle, SWCC students and Union County Extension.
Another program will be scheduled in the spring in Afton. Call Union County Extension at 641-782-8426 to preregister for this free program.