Big Ideas for Little Learners (BILL) is a family literacy program for children ages 3-8 and their caregivers to introduce and explore reading fundamentals through stories, games, and hands-on activities.
The program was developed and produced in partnership between the National Liberty Museum (NLM) and the Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) at the Salvation Army Kroc Center of Philadelphia, with support from the William Penn Foundation. The materials included here contain activity plans, resources, and guidance for educators to implement the program in a formal early childhood education classroom or for caregivers to lead activities with their own Little Learners at home.
The program has three core components: a read-aloud of a thematic story, activity stations, and at-home activities. Thematic stories promote prosocial learning and introduce “Big Ideas” — respect, responsibility, perseverance, empathy, integrity, and courage — to young children. Modular activities for each theme extend learning and can be introduced in the classroom setting or packaged for at-home use. The “Big Ideas” introduced in the program are personified by Lila Liberty, a child superhero with special tools that she uses as a hero of liberty.
The components are: