Southern Crescent Technical College recently received a grant from the Upson R.E.A.D. Foundation to encourage literacy in Thomaston, GA. Through this grant, Southern Crescent Technical College Early Childhood Education Instructors James Peas and Meagan Graves, along with Tiia Kunnapas, Librarian and Candra Pitts, Library Assistant collaborated on creating eleven Reading Adventure Packs.
The Reading Adventure Packs contain everything an Early Childhood Education teacher-student will need to deliver a lesson on one of the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) subject areas. Each bag focuses on one of the STEAM areas and contains four books on that topic. The bags also contain an activity that uses manipulatives already in the classroom, a song, and a supplemental list of books available from the library on that topic. Teacher students can check out the bags to use in their practicums or as a guide to create their own Reading Adventure Packs for their internships.
The bags will be cataloged and stored in the Southern Crescent Technical College Flint River Campus library where they will be available for students to check them out. The library also has an extensive collection of children’s books and offers guidance on choosing other related books or books for other topics suitable for the classroom. This project has created a closer relationship between the library and the Early Childhood Education program and has introduced an innovative teaching technique that not only addresses literacy but also math and science.
Upson R.E.A.D. is a community organization that supports literacy and adult education in Thomaston and Upson County.