Family Literacy Night Basics
Thanks to grant funds from Marathon Classic and the Community Foundation for supporting Family Nights.
2017-18 To Be Announced!
- To provide information to parents about how they can help their children develop early literacy skills at home
- Introduce parents/care givers to literacy standards
- Provide/model games and activities to teach literacy concepts
- Have fun
Although all events will be tailored to meet the individual schools’ needs, a basic outline is below:
Sample Schedule: (there will be a paper program for each school)
6:00-6:30 Dinner (optional)
6:30-6:35 Welcome and Introductions
6:35-6:45 Guest story teller reads aloud to whole group
6:45-6:50 Explanation of rotations and dismissal for activities
6:50-7:10 Rotation I
7:15-7:35 Rotation II
7:40-8:00 Rotation III
8:00 Prize Drawing
Some schools will opt to provide dinner (pizza, chips, cookie and drink). Other schools will opt to have light snacks (popcorn, veggies and dip, cookies, drinks).
Welcome and Introductions:
Everyone will begin in a central location. A representative will welcome families and thank them for joining us. Brief introductions and thank yous will be given. The guest story teller will also be introduced.
Guest Story Teller: Building facilitators are working to choose a guest reader. Facilitators will choose a “local celebrity” the children will enjoy. The reader will model a read-a-loud book with the whole group.
Dismissal to activities: During rotations, students and their parents/care givers will participate in literacy activities with volunteers or teachers. Depending on how the school decides to set up the stations, each “family” will receive a schedule or travel itinerary for the evening. Everyone will end the evening in the same location for the prize drawings.
Prize Drawing: Children will have the option of entering their tickets into a drawing for prizes at the end of the evening. Tickets will most likely be drawn by the principal or other designated person from the school. After the last prize is given away, the evening will commence.
Arlington September 21, 2017
Riverdale October 25, 2017
Jefferson November 1, 2017
Washington November 15, 2017
Van Buren December 6, 2017
Vanlue February 12, 2018
Cory Rawson March 14, 2018
Jacobs April 10, 2018
Whittier April 24, 2018
Volunteers you might be doing one or more of the following:
Please arrive 15-30 minutes prior to the event. Sign-up Genius is available to reserve your spots. Check back for our 2017-18 volunteer sign up link!
- Set up
- Registration table (Base Camp)
- Serving dinner
- Cleaning up dinner
- Setting up tables and activities (Safari Stops)
- Do an activity with children (Tour Guides)
- Collecting prize tickets
- Directing Traffic
- Collecting parent surveys
- Clean Up
Activity Stops: Activities are based on literacy skills that children can practice at home with parents/care givers.