What is AfterSchool KidzLit?
AfterSchool KidzLit is a reading enrichment program for grades K–8 that is designed for out-of-school settings. Children hear fiction and nonfiction books read aloud or read books independently and make connections between the stories and their own lives.
Working with partners or in groups, children have opportunities to express their feelings and explore big ideas through discussion, drama, art, movement, and writing. The program promotes literacy growth and thinking skills and supports social and emotional development.
In AfterSchool KidzLit, leaders use powerful literature and engaging activities to increase children’s enjoyment of reading, build their vocabularies, deepen their thinking, and foster their ability to work with others.
Honoring Diversity and the Viewpoints of Others
In AfterSchool KidzLit, children see themselves represented in the literature, and learn to understand other perspectives and cultures through large and small group activities with their peers.
- Through reading and listening, children learn to better understand others and their viewpoints.
- By using cooperative strategies and focusing on social skills in all the activities, children demonstrate collaborative skills that support cooperative learning.
- Children communicate effectively with individuals from varied backgrounds.
- Children use effective conflict resolution skills by making decisions about how they are going to work together.