PRIME TIME initiatives are based on a common methodology featuring five pillars of learning and teaching:
- Promoting participant (family/student)-centered instruction and learning;
- Using the Socratic method and open-ended questioning;
- Developing higher order thinking skills;
- Making connections to quality literature, and
- Using the collective learning approach to bond students and families around reading.
The PRIME TIME methodology is a unique, humanities-focused, and outcomes-based set of strategies for engaging new and underserved audiences in the exploration of the humanities. Created by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) in 1991, PRIME TIME’s methodology is proven to generate long-term improvements in student academic achievement. All PRIME TIME based programs offer partner sites such as libraries, schools, museums, and other community service agencies research-based initiatives that directly engage children, parents, teachers, educational administrators, and other community service providers in high-impact learning experiences. PRIME TIME programs include:
- PRIME TIME Family Reading Time
- PRIME TIME Preschool
- PRIME TIME Plus
- PRIME TIME HomeRoom
- PRIME TIME Teacher Institutes for Advanced Study
All PRIME TIME programs aim to create communities in which children and their families are developed into self-directed and self-motivated learners who are eager to absorb the world around them through literature, questioning/inquiry, and meaningful interaction with others.