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Motheread/Fatheread launches family literacy class

THE Northern Marianas Humanities Council’s Motheread/Fatheread program has launched a free family literacy class which aims to help parents and guardians develop skills in four areas of literacy: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Beth Demapan, Joeten-Kiyu Public Library technical services librarian and CNMI Motheread/Fatheread assistant coordinator, said the program will help parents understand the importance of reading regularly to their children. “Parents not only learn the ‘why’ of reading with children, but also the ‘how,’ ” she added.

She said the Motheread/Fatheread curriculum uses children’s books, adult poems and narratives to teach literacy skills to adults.

“This nationally recognized instructional model and curriculum addresses a variety of teaching approaches and learning styles, combining individual assignments with small group work, lectures, and discussion.”

Demapan said they also conduct a children’s story exploring class. “We invite parents and guardians and children four years old to 11 years to avail themselves of this important after-school-literacy program.”

The eight-week program started at Oleia Elementary School on Monday, Sept. 11, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and will end on Nov. 6, 2017. Celina Foreman and Nolyn Villagomez are the instructors for adults while Ignacia Reyes is the instructor for children.

Parents and guardians participate in a Motheread/Fatheread family literacy class at Oleai Elementary School.

The children’s story exploring class is for kids who are 4 to 11 years old.  Contributed photos

The classes are also held at:

• Garapan Elementary School, 5 p.m.-6 p.m., Sept. 26 to Nov. 28.

• William S. Reyes Elementary School, 5 p.m.-6 p.m., Sept. 20 to Nov. 15.

• Kagman Elementary School, 5 p.m.-6 p.m., Sept. 14 to Nov. 9. Elenita Arriola will be the instructor for adults while Augustina Jaimatoon will teach the children.

• Koblerville Elementary School, 5 p.m.-6 p.m., Sept, 14 to Nov. 9. Merced Deleon Guerrero is the instructor for adults while Gloria Kaipat is the children’s teacher.

• Sinapalo Elementary School (Rota)/ Eskuelan San Francisco de Borja, 5 p.m.-6 p.m., Sept. 29 to Dec. 1.

The CNMI Motheread/Fatheread Family Literacy Program is administered by the Northern Marianas Humanities Council in partnership with the Public School System and Joeten-Kiyu Public Library.