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Extension Extras Literacy Enrichment Kit Welcome Letter

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May 20, 2021 - Author:

Welcome to the Extension Extras Literacy Enrichment Kit! Michigan State University Extension is excited to partner with your agency or group to create literacy learning kits for the families you serve.

The Extension Extras Literacy Enrichment Kit is focused on supporting the development of children's early literacy skills to help set them up for future success throughout school and life. MSU Extension has provided the following items as a digital resource for you to download and print.

  • An introduction letter to families about the kit and the activities.
  • Five literacy-focused children's activities.
  • Supplemental materials that are needed for some kit activities. 
  • A supply list for all the activities for your convenience as you assemble the kit. 
  • An evaluation link so families can share their experiences using the kit as well as their county of residence and zip code.

Your group or agency can print the handouts and materials from the provided digital packet and assemble the kit utilizing the supply list as a guide.

Literacy Development

Literacy development is a component of every learning experience with children. The Extension Extras activities have embedded literacy components. When parents have conversations with their child about the activities, read the books together and extend the concepts beyond the activities to other parts of their day, they are providing children rich literacy experiences. Children will learn new vocabulary, concepts, have engaging and thoughtful conversations, and interact with various books and printed activities through completing the activities in this kit.

Additional Resources

Find additional kits, grade-level specific content, and more on our website. Follow us on Facebook @MiStrongerFamily and @Michigan4H.

Evaluations

Evaluations are a critical component of our work at MSU Extension as we seek to determine whether our programs and resources are meeting the needs of families. We ask that each family who receives a kit please fill out an evaluation. The evaluation can be found at https://bit.ly/3tK1257. The evaluation link is included in the welcome letter to parents.

Please contact Carrie Shrier (shrier@msu.edu) with any questions.

Adapted from Heads In, Hearts In, Michigan 4-H Youth Development, Michigan State University Extension, Copyright 2017. This material was funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The grant was received under award number 2016-41520-255-64, a part of the children, Youth and Families at risk program.

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Tags: early childhood development, family engagement, msu extension

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