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Reading levels are zooming ahead with parents’ help

Posted by Francis O' Toole on April 22, 2015

Top of the class: Brody McCann (5), Ryan O’Neill (5), and Adnann Nabinbun Kamara (5), who attend junior infants at St Laurence O’Toole’s Junior Boys School at a Zoom Ahead with Books exhibition. Photo: Damien Eagers class: Brody McCann (5), Ryan O’Neill (5), and Adnann Nabinbun Kamara (5), who attend junior infants at St Laurence O’Toole’s Junior Boys School at a Zoom Ahead with Books exhibition. Photo: Damien Eagers

Josephine is director of the Early Learning Initiative, a nine-year-old project that has helped to bring about dramatic improvements in literacy and numeracy in the docklands area of Dublin. The ELI is a community project run by the National College of Ireland (NCI), and its success is being studied closely by educators across the country.

The initiative focuses on parents almost as much as children, and before kids are even in school home visitors give families books to read.

Dr Bleach says: “All the studies show that parents are the most important educators, but the home-learning environment is perhaps the most neglected area of all in education.”

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