A Is For Afro: Early-Reader Fun-shop

A Is For Afro: Early-Reader Fun-shop is a traveling literacy exhibit, which features art, reading, writing, and primary-level academic games for all children in pre-k through second grade.


The purpose of the A Is For Afro: Early-Reader Fun-shop is three-fold: to teach children in preschool and kindergarten the alphabet; to teach children in preschool through second grade the 315 Dolch Sight Words that they need to know before entering the second grade; and to show all of these children that literacy is fun by introducing them to a grammar of artistic images and a collection of words that pave the way toward the first stages of childhood literacy. Each Fun-shop incorporates auditory, oral, visual, and kinetic games or skill-challenges, which teach children how to read, write, spell, and recite.


The artwork and reading material for the Fun-shop will come from the abecedarian A Is For Afro: Reading Is Power (2012), written by Corey Olds, co-founder of the Excelsus Foundation and the workshop presenter, and illustrated by Naila Zulfugarova, a painter and book illustrator living in London, England.


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A Is For Afro: Reading Is Power is a primer for children aged 0 to 6. Besides introducing the alphabet, this book will teach early-readers nearly half of the 315 Dolch Sight Words, which all students need to know before entering the second grade, and all of the 320 Bibliobibulus Words. A complete list of these high-frequency words are included in the book.


A Is For Afro stands apart from other early-reader texts in that it incorporates richly-colored illustrations that not only serve as vehicles for learning the alphabet and Dolch Sight Words, but also reflect a diverse range of topical areas that make up both the natural and man-made worlds.


Children who read and experience this book as a living artifact will gain a head start toward full literacy and aesthetic appreciation.





A Is For Afro: Early-Reader Fun-shop tours year-round and can be booked for schools, day cares, and learning centers nationwide.


Here is a sample schedule of the A Is For Afro Early-Reader Fun-shop:


0 to 15 minutes: Children are shown pictures from A Is For Afro: Reading Is Power and the accompanying text is read aloud to them.


15 to 30 minutes: Children play a memory game based on the primary and secondary words that appeared in the pages that were read aloud.


30 to 45 minutes: Children perform Soul Language, a kinetic activity wherein they learn some of the 320 Bibliobibulus Words (see pages 37-40 in A Is For Afro: Reading Is Power). As a separate or  supplementary activity, children will create their own ABC book, with each child choosing a letter of the alphabet and a word that begins with that letter, before drawing a picture of that word. In a separate or supplementary activity for older children, selected words will be written in simple declarative, interrogative, and exclamatory sentences. In a separate or supplementary activity for younger children, black-and-white pages from A Is For Afro will be colored with crayons.


45 to 60 minutes: Older children will spend an extra fifteen minutes reading through the complete list of 320 Bibliobibulus Words or else spelling those words in an impromptu spelling bee.


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