Readingstart

ReadingStart’s “Tell me a Story” Program

In Uncategorized on December 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm

This November, ReadingStart launched the first “Tell me a Story” program site in partnership with Tahadi Clinic in Beirut, Lebanon (www.tahaddilebanon.org). The program is made up of two components: 1)  storytelling workshops for mothers with children under the age of three and 2) age appropriate book packs that are given to parents who bring in their children for their basic vaccines.

Tahadi Clinic provides free primary care and counseling to some of Beirut’s most impoverished families. As part of their regular services, the clinic runs pre-natal and neo-natal workshops for expecting and young mothers. ReadingStart’s storytelling workshops were therefore easily incorporated into the clinic’s offering. The workshops focused on raising awareness of the importance of starting young,  on techniques to make storytelling engaging and interactive and on creating a print rich environment at home using available resources.

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Alongside the workshops, Tahadi Clinic also began giving out a ReadingStart book pack to every parent who comes in with a child under the age of three for vaccines. The book packs contain two Arabic board books from Dar Asala Publishing and a brochure on reading aloud with young children. The plan is to distribute free books to a minimum of 300 families over a one year period.

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