English for Families is a series of online interactive classes for parents and children (ages 6-12) that focuses on developing English vocabulary and literacy skills through strategic and fun story reading. The goal of the program is to develop the literacy skills of the whole family with the help of English teachers, laying a path to success at work and school. Each week focuses on a different learning objective and builds upon the lesson from the week before. During each week, a book is featured and the families discuss the theme of the book while also focusing on learning vocabulary, comprehension, and additional literacy skills. The classes provide parents with effective strategies to address challenges their children may face in attending school. The curriculum is also designed to develop participants’ second language skills and literacy through the use of books, flashcards, and direct instruction.
English for Families is a partnership program of Florida Humanities and the Orange County Library System (OCLS). The program was developed with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.