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The Goodling Institute develops resources to assist programs develop curriculum, activities, and engage in research.

Goodling Institute Developed Resources

Be Excited About Reading - BEAR Book Activities

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Parent and child learning together is a cornerstone of family literacy.  BEAR Book Activities are family learning activities that help develop young (3 to 5 years of age) readers' language and literacy skills to help them become ready for school. 

Each family learning activity is based on a child's book and contains Before Reading, Reading Together, and After Reading suggestions that a parent/family member can engage in with their child.

Rosalie's Neighborhood:  Let's Smile!  A Book about Dental Health

This is a parent awareness health literacy unit that provides essential oral health care information for parents of young children.  The curriculum includes a Facilitator's Guide and a Reader's Theater script.

Adult Child Interactive Reading Inventory (ACIRI) Picture Book List

The annotated bibliography of picture books in children’s literature is a 2009 update by the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy for use with the class and take-home activities in Andrea DeBruin-Parecki’s Let’s Read Together: Improving Outcomes with the Adult-Child Interactive Reading Inventory (ACIRI).  This book list was developed to support the implementation of the ACIRI in Pennsylvania (PA) family literacy programs.

SEQUAL:  Practitioner Action Research Projects (PAR)

SEQUAL Practitioner Action Research is a reflective process of progressive problem solving that helps you to answer the questions you have about issues in your program or practice.

Family Literacy Work-Related Lesson Plans

These lessons plans are a series of 18 lesson plans that relate to the Foundation Skills Framework of Basic Workplace Skills, Basic Employability Skills, and Basic Workplace Knowledge.  Each of the 18 lessons includes readings and activities for the four components in family literacy:  adult education, early childhood education, parent education, and Interactive Literacy Activities.  The adult education activities relate to the GED skills, and the early childhood activities relate to the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards.  There are also lessons intended for distance learners.  The Family Literacy Work-Related Lesson Plans were developed by family practitioners and technical assistants.

The Goodling Institute was funded to develop and pilot a Study Circle Guide, "Rethinking Instruction and Participation for Adult Basic Education" by the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL).

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