Read, Write, Count for Parents
What is Read, Write, Count?
Read, Write, Count is a new campaign to support parents of children in primaries 1 to 3 who want to take a more active role in their children’s learning.
Read, Write, Count’s website gives lots of simple ideas for working fun reading, writing and counting activities into your daily life. These are things you can do while shopping, on the way to school, at bedtime or mealtimes. You can have fun and help your child get the best start in life!
Read, Write, Count also gifts free bags of books, counting games and writing materials to all children in P2 and 3. Writing and counting materials were added to the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag.
Visit the Read, Write, Count website where you can find more easy, fun ideas for activities to do together. Follow Scottish Book Trust (facebook.com/scottishbktrust, @scottishbktrust) and Read, Write, Count (facebook.com/ReadWriteCount,@ReadWriteCount) on Facebook and/or Twitter and you’ll get access to lots of ideas, competitions and more!
Why are parents important?
Parents are the first, and most vital, teacher any child has. While schools in Scotland give children a great education, learning doesn’t start and stop at the school gates.
Doing fun things with your children is one of the great things about being a parent. It makes you and your children happy and helps build stronger bonds.
You can make a huge difference. Research shows that children do better at school and throughout life when parents take part in their learning.
But it is not always easy to know how to help.
Read, Write, Count bags
For the first time, children in P2 and 3 will receive a Read, Write, Count bag in the autumn of this year. Read, Write, Count and Bookbug bags are also available in Gaelic.
Free bags of carefully chosen books have been given to children from birth to Primary 1 for a number of years with Scottish Book Trust’s Bookbug programme. Since 2015, the Bookbug Primary 1 Family bags have also included writing and counting materials from the Read, Write, Count campaign.
The Read, Write, Count bag gives you and your child all you need to learn together at home: There are books to read and items to use for writing and counting games. There is also a parents’ guide for P2 and P3, with tips and ideas for how to get the most out of your bag.
The bags will arrive in schools between September-November of this year – and we encourage schools to gift the bags to children during Book Week Scotland (21 – 27 November 2016). If your child has not received their bag and you would like to know when it will arrive, please contact your local authority here.
If your child is home-schooled, their bag will be provided by your local authority. To find details of who to contact in your area, click here.
Share Your Thoughts
We are looking for parents of children who receive the new Read, Write, Count bags to give us feedback and help us to develop case studies. If you’d like to be involved, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.