Home Literacy Kits

LU creates individualized Home Literacy Kits in discussion with the learner and tutor. A Home Literacy Kit contains materials, books, and tools that learners can use at home to enrich their learning experience.

Home Literacy Kits come in many different shapes and sizes. It might just contain a single workbook and pencil. It might contain a set of books as the beginnings of a home library. It might contain items for a study skills toolkit.

At LU, tutors and learners talk through what their kit will look like ~ thinking about their needs and interests.

As a tutor, if you think a learner would benefit from their own home literacy kit, discuss the idea with them. Talk about what items the kit might contain.

Start by selecting some tools that you think would be useful to the learner. For example:

  • Pens, pencils, eraser
  • Spiral-bound exercise book
  • Highlighter pens
  • Index cards
  • Post-it notes
  • Letter tiles
  • Dry erase markers (to be used on white boards, windows or mirrors)
  • Mini whiteboard

You can then add a set of reading and/or writing materials to the kit. Items should be carefully chosen to reflect the learner’s interests and goals. For example:

  • novels to read for enjoyment
  • workbooks that they will use at home as part of your sessions or for self-study
  • puzzle books full of crosswords or word-searches
  • journals or notebooks to write in
  • magazines on a subject of interest
  • dictionary or reference books
  • non-fiction books on a topic of interest
  • games that they enjoy

Finally, perhaps there are tech tools that the learner could use. The kit can contain items to support online learning. For example:

  • Apple Store or Google Play Store vouchers to purchase learning Apps
  • A headset to support online learning
  • A stand to hold a tablet or phone
  • A second-hand device to access online sessions or online materials (if available)

As you and the learner talk about the kinds of items you think would go in a home literacy kit, you may come up with other ideas. Feel free to talk through your ideas with the LU Program Director.

To discuss a Home Literacy Kit for a learner, get ideas, or to place an order, please contact the LU Program Director.

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