Parents As Literacy Supporters

The Parents as Literacy Supporters (PALS) Program is happening in many of the Kindergarten classrooms in School District No. 46 (Sunshine Coast). In this program, the families of Kindergarten students join their children and the Kindergarten Teacher to learn strategies to support their child’s literacy development. PALS is a culturally responsive Literacy Program, designed to partner with parents in supporting family literacy and learning.

PALS was co-developed by Dr. Jim Anderson, a professor at the University of British Columbia, and Fiona Morrison, director of family literacy and early learning for 2010 Legacies Now.
The Primary Program affirms the importance of the early years as the foundation for lifelong learning.
The Primary Program reflects an understanding that children learn through active engagement and play.
The Primary Program addresses the development of the whole child.
The Primary Program adopts the following three principles of learning:
• Learning requires active participation of the student.
• People learn in a variety of ways and at different rates.
• Learning is both an individual and a group process.

The Ministry’s current curriculum for kindergarten (PDF, 650KB)

The ideas contained in the Primary Program: A Framework for Teaching (PDF, 4.6MB) supports teachers in designing and delivering kindergarten programs.