Routes to Reading – FREE Event For Families
Are you a Bristol or South West parent of pre school children looking for ideas to help your little ones on their Routes to Reading? This FREE event looks perfect for you!
Bristol company Education Umbrella are launching their new reading scheme ‘Routes to Reading’ with a free event for families on Saturday 28th June in the At-Bristol science museum.
Parents will have the opportunity to take part in storytelling and rhyme time sessions with their little ones and to speak to reading experts about their child’s reading journey. There’s something for everyone; from parents who are yet to start reading to their baby to those who already read regularly.
As well as story telling sessions and rhyme time there will be crafts and colouring, face painting, competitions and give-aways and guest appearances by well known book characters and childrens’ book authors and illustrators including Paul Stickland (Dinosaur Roar!), Michelle Robinson (How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth) and Jan Dobbins (Driving my Tractor) There is even a picture opportunity with Steam Dog Gromit – It promises to be a great day out!
Routes to Reading will be giving away 100 month-long subscriptions to their baby book club, to the first 100 attendees on the day.
What is ‘Routes to Reading’?
Routes to Reading was conceived when a group of seven Bristol-based families met at their first National Childcare Trust (NCT) class. A year later one of the parents, Ruth Wadsworth, joined Education Umbrella. She set out to capture the reading trials and triumphs of her NCT group and turn them into something helpful for fellow parents. At the same time, Education Umbrella’s child literacy expert, Sandee Sond, was seeking a platform from which to showcase the best in children’s literature. When they put their goals together Routes to Reading was born.
Combining the power of reading with the pleasure of the right book, the new team devised a unique yet simple initiative: every month an expert panel would select two books for each of the seven families, in exchange for which the parents would submit videos of reading time with their child.
This exciting project is now ready to share these reading experiences with the world and help more parents create their own reading journeys. The book club will officially launch at the end of June complete with a website packed full of reading tips and videos for parents to browse as well as an opportunity to upload their own.
The Routes to Reading website will also feature
A Little ones’ library where you can find the best books for children aged 0-3, month by month;
Reading guidance from early years and education professionals;
A video gallery of parents reading to children this is divided month by month so parents can get guidance for their child’s exact age;
A video upload page; parents who upload their videos could be featured in the video gallery and;
A chance to join the baby book club.