3MR – Making the Most of the Magic of Reading

The project “3MR – making the most of the magic of reading” aims to increase the early literacy skills of children, especially those from culturally less advantaged backgrounds, by preparing professionals involved in early childhood education and parents to engage in reading aloud to children and in book-sharing practices in order to reduce the literacy gap among children from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

In the last two decades, there have been several studies which have demonstrated that children from home environments which foster literacy practices (where parents frequently read aloud to their children) become better readers and learners. In less culturally advantaged families, parents tend to read less, possess fewer books and probably consider reading as merely a pleasurable activity. This sociocultural gap in early literacy practices impairs school achievement. This is a gap that kindergartens don’t manage to fill as educators lack training and there is no space to give specific attention to the children who need it the most.

ACTIVITIES

  • Development of the 3MR training course curriculum
  • Training for teacher educators in Brussels in July 2019
  • Develop a methodological framework for implementation of the curriculum and guidelines for the trainers
  • Testing the training programme on a variety of ECEC professionals during the 2019/2020 academic year
  • Constant evaluation of the curriculum and adaptation to local (national) context
  • Development of a toolkit for teachers and similar professionals who read to small children
  • Development of a toolkit for parents

RESULTS

  • Curriculum of the 3MR training course: Developed and tested curriculum for training professionals to develop their specific competences to read aloud in highly engaging and attractive manner to young children, while also empowering parents/carer to improve the home literate environment. The length of the course will be approximately 30 hours.
  • 1 train the trainer event (in Brussels)
  • Guidelines for implementation of the 3MR – Methodological framework for implementation
  • Basic toolkit for teachers or other similar professionals who read to children. The toolkit aims to support professionals in reading aloud with young children
  • Basic toolkit for parents to read aloud to their children and improve the home literate environment
  • 12 teacher educators trained in how to deliver the training programme
  • 110 trained teachers, nurses, university students, speech therapists, etc. highly skilled to do individual and group read-alouds and with knowledge of how to select age appropriate children’s books, as well as specific skills to empower parents to read aloud to their children
  • 25 volunteers trained to do short read-aloud sessions for young children/toddles

PARTNERS

PROGRAMME

Erasmus+; KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for school education

PROJECT DURATION

01/09/2018 –  31/08/2021

CONTACT

CSC: Vidjaya.thelen@danilodolci.org