All in the Family

By Craig Stone — March 08, 2006 1 min read

An interview-based cable-access television program seeks to promote family literacy by inspiring opportunities for reading and writing in the home.

Set in a kitchen “to give the feeling of unpressured fun and ease,” the show “Words that Cook” features special guests on each episode, including scientists, poets, authors, parents, and storytellers. The guests are said to have a “significant, though sometimes unexpected connection to reading and writing,” and each shares the ways in which his or her literacy skills were nourished by their parents. These techniques are gathered into a learning resource called “Recipes for Success.”

Visit the “Words That Cook” Web site.

Along with these “recipes,” the show’s Web site includes program clips and a user’s guide. DVD copies of the show are also available.

Based in Massachusetts and aired on cable-access stations nationwide and select PBS stations, the broadcast is produced by a team of educational consultants, media and television specialists, and education writers and researchers and geared primarily for those working with children 12 and under. It received the 2005 Broadcast Media Award for Television from the International Reading Association.

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