Helping mothers with story time

By: By Natalie Davis - Staff Writer
Contributed photo Caroline Goins, director at Anson County Partnership for Children, reads to young child.

Motheread, a literacy program to teach skills and strategies to mothers, is offered at Anson County Partnership for Children every Thursday at 3 p.m.

The revitalization of Motheread is made possible through GlaxoSmithKline Ribbon of Hope grant.

Motheread is a literacy program that uses children’s books, adult poems, and narratives to teach literacy skills and practice strategies for reading with children. Mothers not only learn the “why” of reading with their children, but also the “how.”

“The unique concept about Motheread is that it is very similar to a book club, and while exploring various children’s books, we discuss developmental milestones that children go through and talk about the different excitements that are connected to these milestones,” said Alexandria Harrington, literacy and community outreach coordinator at the Partnership. “I have never seen a literacy program that explores children’s books the way Motheread does.”

Harrington said that while participants learn about reading, they also get the chance to express their thoughts, fears, and pride regarding their growing children.

“Motheread is important because not only are participants learning vital techniques to improve reading with their children, but it is also a safe place for them to build relationships with other mothers and grandmothers,” she said.

Harrington also said that Motheread is important because it helps encourage bonding through reading.

“When reading becomes a family event it encourages the development of interpersonal skills,” she said. “The lessons also cover tips for dealing with social and emotional developments as children grow.”

Harrington said participation has grown strong and they have had a faithful group of mothers who attend with their children.

At the end of this cycle of the program, Motheread will have an 80 percent graduation rate.

“Through coming regularly, our mothers and grandmothers have responded extremely positive to the program,” she said. “Through the pre and post scores, we have seen growth in their reading and comprehension skills.”

Following the Motheread curriculum, the books selected are culturally diverse, age-appropriate, and entreating for children and adults alike, she said.

The programs offers a wide range of genres throughout the program, from classic folk tales like “The Three Billy Goats Gruff,” to books that explore wild imaginations like “Where the Wild Things Are.”

A few favorites among the participants include “Amelia’s Road,” “Flossie and the Fox,” and “A Chair for My Mother.”

One major concept focused on throughought the lessons is reading comprehension.

“Reading goes far beyond reciting words of a page,” Harrington said. “In Motheread, we explore different ways to really comprehend what was read and how to help children absorb what they read.”

With school expectations growing, Harrington said they want to make sure they are teaching valuable literacy skills that will benefit each participant’s child as they move forward in school.

“By connecting literacy and art, we help mothers learn how to help younger children practice comprehension skills,” Harrington said. “This is a great way to explore a book but also grab the child’s interest, especially for younger children.”

This program encourages the parents to be the special guest reader.

“We take turns and collaborate during our meetings to bring the story to life,” she said.

However, they encourage parents to take full advantage of the Storytime offered by the Partnership on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. in the Early Childhood Resource Room.

“When they attend the Partnership Storytime, they are able to put into action the different techniques we cover in Motheread,” she said.

Childcare will be provided in the Early Childhood Resource Center at 117 South Greene Street in Wadesboro for participants.

For further information, contact Harrington at 704-694-4036, or email her at

Reach Natalie Davis at 704-994-5471 or

Contributed photo Caroline Goins, director at Anson County Partnership for Children, reads to young child. photo Caroline Goins, director at Anson County Partnership for Children, reads to young child.
Program teaches reading comprehension skills

By Natalie Davis

Staff Writer