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WOUB Learning Lab Offers MOLLY OF DENALI ™ PBS KIDS Family & Community Learning literacy workshop series in Athens

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Series is free for families and children

ATHENS, OH – Families and children in the region can explore literacy from the PBS KIDS series, MOLLY OF DENALI ™ thanks to a partnership with the Stevens Literacy Center and WOUB Public Media’s Learning Lab. The PBS KIDS Family and Community Learning (FCL) workshops use creative play and exploration to introduce kids and grown-ups to digital and tangible tools that can be used to develop knowledge, practices and perspectives. The learning focus for this workshop series is literacy and informational text, which has the main purpose of conveying information. It’s free for families and is made possible by the Ohio Learns 360 project and a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The workshops will be presented at the Stevens Literacy Center inside the Patton College of Education Building at 100 E. Union Street in Athens. There are six sessions in the series which will be held on November 8, 15, and 22 (take home bags will be provided this week due to Thanksgiving holiday), and 29, as well as December 6 and 13. The sessions run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. It’s open to children 5 to 8 years old and their families who can attend all six sessions in the series. Space is limited to the first 10 families to register.

FCL is a series of workshops that engage families in active, hands-on learning experiences designed for families with young children. Through child-led activities and experiences, the workshops aim to foster collaboration, communication, and problem-solving skills among family members.

“Children are innately curious and creative,” said Childhood/Elementary Education Specialist Lisa Kinnard. “They want to make sense of the world around them. The grown-ups in children’s lives have an important role to play in supporting the development of the skills and practices that will allow a child’s curiosity to flourish.”

Athens Optometrist Dr. Shane Foster will present the Realeyes Education Program as part of the December 13 workshop. This interactive education will teach children about eye health and safety. Dr. Foster will also discuss with parents why healthy eyes and good vision are crucial to the development of early literacy. “Kids can’t read if they can’t see,” says Foster. Free eye exams and glasses will also be offered for children that need them.

The FCL workshops are an opportunity for families to play and learn together, while demonstrating for grown-ups the best practices in guiding playful learning at home.

“Families that attend all six sessions will be entered into a drawing for a Lenovo tablet,” said Kinnard.

To register, contact Emily Van Meter at stevensliteracycenterohio@gmail.com or call 740-593-0677.