Friday, November 1, 2013

Family Literacy Night

Why is it important?  The family is at the starting point for the development of language, cultural perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes for their children’s lives.
Student from R.L. Stevens practices his writing and gives a shout out to Cool School at Family Literacy Night!
Consider these statistics noted by the National Center for Family Literacy:
  • Children’s reading scores improve dramatically when their parents are involved in helping them learn to read.
  • Low family income and lack of education are the two biggest risk factors that hamper a child’s early learning and development.
How we support families is vitally important to supporting student literacy. 

I wanted to share some details from the recent family literacy night I attended at R.L. Stevens Elementary.  Our fabulous mentor teacher, Margo Addison, with the help of the CalSERVES team planned a great night for parents and students. 

I hope it inspires you to plan your own literacy night.

AmeriCorps tutor Sarah Gold makes words fun with students
Melissa Moore catches up with a family by the Book Give-Away

This year's night was entitled:

 Fables, Farms, and Family Fun!
Bienvenidos a Fábulas, Granjas y Diversión para la Familia!

The official program begins with a warm welcome from the principal and is followed by workshops conducted by teachers.

6:00 – 6:10   Welcome by Mrs. Pola Hoard/Bienvenidos ( Sra. Pola Hoard)
6:15 – 6:40 Workshops with teachers /Talleres con maestros 
Library Bingo
Lotería Biblioteca
Ms. Grech

Read and Sing!

Lea y Canta!

Rm. 18
Mrs. Schoellhorn
Reading with your child in Spanish
Leer en espanol con su hijo/a

RSP Room

Ms. Campos
Autumn Finger Plays and Rhymes
Teatro de mano y juegos de rima otonales

Rm. 4

Ms. Rodebaugh
A Taste of Reading
Un poquito de lectura
Rm. 15
Ms. Lesset&Hill
Scrabble and Boggle
Juegos con palabras
Rm. 5
Ms. Valleado
Kids Rule Board Game
Juego de mesa par ninos
Rm. 3
Ms. Wandel
Songs, Poetry, and Rhythm
Canciones, poesia y ritmo
Rm. 14
Mrs. Noveh
Rhyming Bingo
Loteria de Rima
Rm. K1
Ms. Ritch

CalSERVES Counselor Carmen Wandel checks out some bingo after leading a "Kids Rule" activity
Site Supervisor Craig Jacques joins a game of Boggle
After these activities concluded, the group congregates in the cafeteria for more activities, farm fresh produce, and a book give-away.

6:45 – 7:15   Activities in the cafeteria / Actividades en la cafeteria  
  1. Flip books /Libros de modismos y homófonos
  2. Library Card sign-ups and book information/Tarjetas y información para la biblioteca pública
  3. Family Name Poetry/ Poesía con su apellido
  4. File Folder Games / Juegos para hacer
  5. Word Wheels/Rueda de Palabras
  6. Sight Word Bingo/Loteria con vocabulario reconocible
Sean Fitzgerald builds sentences with his students

To go with the theme, the school partnered with farmers to provide fresh fruits and veggies
7:15 – 7:30 Snack and book give away / Bocadillos y libros gratis
The Book Give-Away is a great encouragement for reading
The Carrot suit promotes good health and is lots of fun!
There are lots of great resources and themes for Family Literacy nights online.  Here is a fun one on Pinterest: