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Family Literacy (FLY)
A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written and spo-
ken language among parents and children from migrant backgrounds
The project is run by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg as part of
the Bund-Länder Commission (BLK) programme “Promotion of Children
and Young People from Migrant Backgrounds” (Förmig).
www.blk-foermig.uni-hamburg.de
The project supports the acquisition of writing skills among parents and
children, using books, letters of the alphabet and language.
Contact: Dr. Gabriele Rabkin, Landesinstitut für Lehrerbildung und
Schulentwicklung, Hamburg, E-Mail: gabriele.rabkin@li-hamburg.de
The project has four “pillars”:
www.li-hamburg.de
1.
Sessions with children in preschool education
The children are given language support, are introduced to the world of
writing, and are encouraged to be creative.
Maren Elfert, UNESCO-Institute for Education, Hamburg,
E-Mail: m.elfert@unesco.org
www.unesco.org/education/uie
2.
Sessions with parents
Parents are given information about how they can help their children at
home to learn to read and write. They improve their communication skills
and self-confidence as a group, and learn how to work with their children.
Academic Director: Dr. Peter May, Landesinstitut für Lehrerbildung und
Schulentwicklung, Hamburg, E-Mail: peter.may@li-hamburg.de
3.
Parents taking part in classes
Classes are open to parents at certain times.
4.
Joint out-of-school activities
With the support of the teacher, parents and children learn and engage
in activities together such as a visit to the library, post office or museum,
or they “collect letters of the alphabet” in the neighbourhood.
Topics are:
Listening and speaking
Recognising, naming and writing letters of the alphabet
Forming content and letters
Writing and creativity
Family Literacy (FLY) A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written and spoken
Family Literacy (FLY)
A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written and spoken
language among parents and children from migrant backgrounds.
Project leaders: Michaela Malsfey, Ute Stather
School head: Sabine Wolle
The Osterbrook all-day school is a primary, lower secondary and secondary technical
school in Hamburg-Hamm.
The double-intake primary school takes part in the BLK Family Literacy Pro-
ject, while the lower secondary and secondary technical school is involved
in the BLK project “Learning and Living Democracy”.
Half of our 540 pupils are from migrant families. Besides large groups from Afghanistan and Turkey, our 40 staff
teach pupils from another ten countries – Russia, Poland, the former Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Ghana, Nigeria, India,
Pakistan, Viet Nam and China.
Habibi
A picture-book journey to the East using all the senses
„Family Literacy” (FLY) A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written and spoken
„Family Literacy” (FLY)
A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written and spoken language among parents and children from migrant backgrounds
Project leaders: Michaela Malsfey, Ute Stather
School head: Sabine Wolle
Habibi
A picture-book journey to the East
using all the senses
This was all in the “story bag”.
Watching and hearing the story.
Patting the donkey.
A “story-telling bag” was produced for the book
“Habibi”. This contained characters and objects
– some home-made – that could be used to
recount the story in the book and to bring it to
life (a donkey, spices, dates, figs, etc.).
The smells at spice-dealer Mokka’s.
Clapping and dancing to Arabic music.
Dates and figs taste great.
„Family Literacy” (FLY) A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written and spo-
„Family Literacy” (FLY)
A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written and spo-
ken language among parents and children from migrant backgrounds.
Project leaders: Tami Alon, Ulrike Jessen, Tatjana Popczyk
School head: Olaf Pahl
The Kerschensteinerstrasse 16 school is a primary school with a preschool
department in Hamburg-Harburg. There are 233 pupils in the school, 108
of whom are from migrant backgrounds. Half of these are of Turkish nation-
ality. The Family Literacy Project runs in two preschool classes.
An afternoon of alphabet games with parents and children.
In the project “My family and I”, parents and children talked about themselves, producing -
paintings, short texts and a name memory game.
After the book “Where can my cat have got to?” was discussed, stories were told, painted
and written.
Parents and children working after the book The Giant Turnip”. The giant poster in the school
Parents and children working after the book The Giant Turnip”.
The giant poster in the school library
„Family Literacy” (FLY)
A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written and spoken
language among parents and children from migrant backgrounds.
Project leaders: Tami Alon, Ulrike Jessen, Tatjana Popczyk
School head: Olaf Pahl
Reading and acting out “The Giant Turnip”.
The mother in orange is playing the Turnip.
Producing a memory game about the book.
Painting the cards and writing on them.
„Family Literacy” (FLY) How do you say “good morning” in your mother tongue? A pilot project
„Family Literacy” (FLY)
How do you say “good morning” in your mother tongue?
A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written and spo-
ken language among parents and children from migrant backgrounds.
Project leaders: Petra Hüttis-Graff, Mechtild Langemeier
School head: Hans-Joachim Wagner
The 29 children in the preschool class speak twelve different mother tongues
at home. Every child is therefore addressed differently by his or her mother,
and says goodbye to her differently at the preschool gate. So that we can also
talk to the children, we focus each week on a different language and say
“good morning” in that language. Cards are made and hung on the entrance
door during the week as a reminder
The Bramfelder Dorfplatz school is a through primary and secondary techni-
cal school with 835 pupils, and is therefore one of the largest of its kind in
Hamburg-Bramfeld. It consists of one preschool and twelve primary school
classes, an observation stage with six classes, a lower secondary school with
six classes, and a secondary technical school with seen classes.
The Memory Game
A memory game with photographs and names of the pupils has been pro-
duced for learning the names of the children in the large class, and to pro-
vide a focus for discussion. The name of each child is shown on the reverse
of one of each pair of cards. To play the game, a card without a name is
turned over first, so that the child’s picture is seen, and then the player looks
for the second card. Increasing numbers of children pay attention to the
written names in the course of the preschool year.
„Family Literacy” (FLY) A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written and spo-
„Family Literacy” (FLY)
A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written and spo-
ken language among parents and children from migrant backgrounds.
Project leaders: Petra Hüttis-Graff, Mechtild Langemeier
School head: Hans-Joachim Wagner
Photo album project
When they first go to school, every child in the class is given his or her own
photograph album with pictures of life before school. The child makes a cru-
cial input into preparing the album, choosing the pictures and sticking
them in, telling the mother what to write next to the pictures, and laying
out the pages.

Adolph-Diesterweg-Schule

Adolph-Diesterweg-Schule „ F amily L iterac y ” ( FLY ) A pilot project at eight

Family Literacy” (FLY)

A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written and spoken language among parents and children from migrant backgrounds.

Project leaders: Christa Decher-Skarke, Dr Olga Diewold, Marlies Groth, Susanne Gutbier School head: Jutta Dittmar

Adolph-Diesterweg-Schule „ F amily L iterac y ” ( FLY ) A pilot project at eight

The Adolph Diesterweg school is a primary school with a preschool depart- ment in the large new suburb of Neuallermöhe West. It has about 460 pupils, many of them from countries of the former Soviet Union. The Family Literacy Project runs in three preschool classes. Since the Adolph Diesterweg school is in a new district of the city, it has set itself the task of encouraging contact between different people from widely varying backgrounds. Promotion of lan- guage and social skills plays a major part in this.

Using play as an introduction to reading encourages interest in books. The creative use of paper, pens and paints helps children to express themselves. Having books as a familiar part of life prepares the way to written language.

The Adolph Diesterweg school is a primary school with a preschool depart- ment in the large
Adolph-Diesterweg-Schule „ F amily L iterac y ” ( FLY ) A pilot project at eight

Adolph-Diesterweg-Schule

Adolph-Diesterweg-Schule „ F amily L iterac y ” ( FLY ) A pilot project at eight

Family Literacy” (FLY)

A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written and spoken lan- guage among parents and children from migrant backgrounds.

Project leaders: Christa Decher-Skarke, Dr Olga Diewold, Marlies Groth, Susanne Gutbier School head: Jutta Dittmar

Adolph-Diesterweg-Schule „ F amily L iterac y ” ( FLY ) A pilot project at eight
Adolph-Diesterweg-Schule „ F amily L iterac y ” ( FLY ) A pilot project at eight

Discovering the world of the alphabet

Children enjoyed a wide variety of alphabet games and exercises with their parents. Sixteen tables were set out with different games and tasks. The tables were man- aged by the parents, who helped the children. A range of learning goals were encour- aged, such as:

Logical thinking

Coherent speech

Observation

Making correct combinations correctly

Finding one’s bearings physically and socially

Organization and development of self-reliance

Trust between parents and children was a key to success. Even smaller brothers and sisters showed interest in the learning games. The tables not only provided informa- tion about the world of the alphabet but also encouraged active observation and thinking, drawing and writing as a step on the way to reading and writing.

Discovering the world of the alphabet Children enjoyed a wide variety of alphabet games and exercises
Discovering the world of the alphabet Children enjoyed a wide variety of alphabet games and exercises
Adolph-Diesterweg-Schule „ F amily L iterac y ” ( FLY ) A pilot project at eight
„Family Literacy” (FLY) A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written and spo-
„Family Literacy” (FLY)
A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written and spo-
ken language among parents and children from migrant backgrounds.
“Collecting letters of the alphabet”
Project leader: Elke Straub
Maimouna is a children’s centre in Hamburg-Altona/St. Pauli which provides
a crèche, an elementary kindergarten and day centre for about 40 migrant
children, many of them from African countries. Maimouna focuses on inter-
cultural skills. Most of the staff are also from migrant backgrounds.
The parents, staff and children go “collecting letters of the alphabet” in the
neighbourhood. They write down the letters that they see as they walk, such
as in the names on door bells, the Aldi supermarket sign, the wording on
glass and paper banks, or graffiti on house walls. From this activity, they
learn to recognise letters as part of everyday life and become familiar with
them.
The role of the family background becomes apparent from the “products”
of the collection. It is obvious when parents or older siblings offer encour-
agement. It is also evident that the acquisition of literacy is not tied to the
German language.
„Family Literacy” (FLY) A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written and spo-
„Family Literacy” (FLY)
A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written and spo-
ken language among parents and children from migrant backgrounds.
Project leader: Elke Straub
Children proudly presenting the results of their expedition
Children “collecting” letters
Schule Chemnitzstraße „Family Literacy” (FLY) A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written
Schule Chemnitzstraße
„Family Literacy” (FLY)
A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written and spoken
language among parents and children from migrant backgrounds.
Project leaders: Aysen Ciker, Heike Hammer, Dorothea Meyn, Gabriele Rabkin
School head: Michael Rieger
Our mini-sound table in a matchbox.
The Chemnitzstrasse school in Hamburg-Altona is an integrated primary school
with a preschool department and more than 400 pupils from multicultural
backgrounds (predominantly Turkish, but also from Africa, South America,
etc.). The school is a “cultural school” which works closely with artists. The
Family Literacy Project runs in two preschool classes.
Parents, children and teachers visiting the library.
A booklet is put together, based on the book “The Mouse’s Birthday” by Paul
Maar, containing all the animals and presents. Vocabulary is expanded, and
the correct use of articles is practised. Articles are marked in colour.
Book project “The Mouse’s Birthday” by Paul Maar
Schule Chemnitzstraße „Family Literacy” (FLY) A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written
Schule Chemnitzstraße
„Family Literacy” (FLY)
A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written and spoken language
among parents and children from migrant backgrounds.
Project leaders: Aysen Ciker, Heike Hammer,
Dorothea Meyn, Gabriele Rabkin
School head: Michael Rieger
Mothers and children singing and drumming with
musician Gino Romero Ramirez.
Clapping and speaking games in the school play-
ground.
2.
Taca-taca-boom-boom – Singing and speaking games to help syllable
building in speech
1. Parents write stories about family photographs
for their child’s own picture album
Family photographs provide plenty of opportunity
to record individual situations that have a person-
al significance. Little stories and comments added
by mothers make the background and context clear
to the child, who also sees his or her parents writ-
ing. The albums produced in this way are not only
given to the children when they first go to school;
some of them are also read out by the mothers at
school events.
At the Chemnitzstrasse school, artists work with pupils and parents. So that the moth-
ers are taught the importance of play in rhythmic speech, they take part in the drum-
ming, singing and speaking games with the musician Gino Romero Ramirez, and then
continue these at home with their children.
3.
Collecting letters of the alphabet
Mothers and children go looking for writing
near the school (on refuse bins, posters, street
signs, etc.). The children are“equipped” with
a notebook and pencil, and “write down” let-
ters and words. The mothers help them and
read out what has been written. This activity
can easily be pursued also during leisure time.
.
Collecting letters of the alphabet in the vicinity of
the school
GESAMTSCHULE ALLERMÖHE „Family Literacy” (FLY) A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written
GESAMTSCHULE ALLERMÖHE
„Family Literacy” (FLY)
A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written and spoken lan-
guage among parents and children from migrant backgrounds.
Picture-story book
Project leaders: Hubertus Braune, Rita Nitschmann
Primary department head: Hannelore von Trotha
This project comprised two afternoons.
On the first afternoon, the children told the story using the pictures laid out one
by one. They then put together a picture book for themselves and told their par-
ents in their mother tongues what they could see in the pictures. The parents wrote
down what the children said.
The Hamburg-Allermöhe comprehensive school is an open entry all-day school,
from primary to upper secondary. The primary school consists of eleven classes in
grades 1-4, a preparatory class 3/4, and two preschool classes. All eleven primary
classes are run as integrated normal classes.
On the second afternoon, photographs taken during the first session were added
in. The children then told their parents what they were doing in the photographs.
They also had to think up an ending to the story using their own pictures. Each
child invented his or her own ending, and the par-
ents again wrote down in their mother tongue what
their child said.
Mohamed’s mother, who is generally very reticent because
she cannot speak German, confidently wrote down in Arabic
what he dictated to her.
GESAMTSCHULE ALLERMÖHE „Family Literacy” (FLY) A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written
GESAMTSCHULE ALLERMÖHE
„Family Literacy” (FLY)
A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written and spoken
language among parents and children from migrant backgrounds.
Project leaders: Hubertus Braune, Rita Nitschmann
Primary department head: Hannelore von Trotha
Book with a picture story by Mateusz in Polish. A total of eight
books were produced in seven different languages.
Kindertagesstätte Allermöhe „Family Literacy” (FLY) A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written
Kindertagesstätte Allermöhe
„Family Literacy” (FLY)
A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written and spo-
ken language among parents and children from migrant backgrounds.
Project leaders: Ilona Ozimek-Schröder, Brigitte Schönke
The Allermöhe children’s day centre in Hamburg-Allermöhe East caters for
up to 210 children aged 0-14 years, including children with disabilities. Besi-
des German children, many are from different countries of origin. Most of
the children from migrant backgrounds are from Russia, Poland and Afgha-
nistan, but there are also Vietnamese, Turkish and African families. The cen-
tre is an intercultural meeting point, especially at seasonal festivals and
celebrations, or through joint projects such as Family Literacy.
At the Family Literacy sessions, parents are given voluntary “homework”.
This is to motivate them to use words and writing purposefully at home with
their children. At the next session, the results are discussed by the group,
while suggestions and ideas are taken away and further developed with the
children at home.
Kindertagesstätte Allermöhe „Family Literacy” (FLY) A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written
Kindertagesstätte Allermöhe
„Family Literacy” (FLY)
A pilot project at eight sites in Hamburg to promote written and spo-
ken language among parents and children from migrant backgrounds.
Project leaders: Ilona Ozimek-Schröder, Brigitte Schönke
A session for parents and children based on the book “The Giant
Turnip” by A. Tolstoy
The parents and children did not know the story. They devised and put
together their own story piecemeal about the people, animals and plants
that occur in the story.
At the end, the book “The Giant Turnip” was read aloud by Ms Schönke.
The listeners had fun recognising their own ideas and characters. The aim
of the project was to allow the children to see what can be captured in
writing.