Springwoods Elementary School Family Literacy Night event parents learn proven strategies to support literacy learning at home


The Family Literacy Night held recently at Springwoods Elementary School brought together parents, students, educators and other educational support staff for an enjoyable evening of reading, learning and pleasure. The evening was coordinated by Michelle Percy-Best, School Reading Specialist, who wanted to ensure parents left with skills and strategies to support literacy learning and ways to promote literacy. interest and commitment to reading and books. While parents and students from kindergarten to grade 2 joined educators in the cafeteria to practice using story strings and other literacy activities, in the library, parents of students from Grades 3-5 received ideas for increasing a young learner’s engagement in reading. Families also had the option of registering for library cards through the Prince William Public Library System.

After the session at the library, a mother shared something new she had learned. Rather than just telling her children to read every night, she found that talking about the title, table of contents, and other parts of the book with her children, and asking them questions about the books they read , will help them learn and enjoy what they read.

Parents were shown how to use storytelling and effectively help their child understand the relationship between the sounds of spoken language and the letters of written language. They heard how discussion improves comprehension skills and language development.

For young readers, much of the learning happens before the ability to access and understand printed text. For example, reading and displaying books gives a child basic experience like directionality or understanding that in English, reading is left to right and top to bottom. Visual word recognition, page turning, and components of sentence structure such as spaces between words, capitalization, and punctuation are all useful components that, if introduced early, can lead to reading success.

“I’m trying to make my daughter really like to read and feel comfortable talking and saying words, so it’s really important for us to be here tonight,” one mother shared. “I’m learning and getting a lot of advice from the teachers. I’m going to use the ones in the house to help her.

The evening ended with a presentation by Ginjer Clark, non-fiction author of fun, action-packed and fact-filled children’s books, who invited young people in the audience to give their thoughts on everything from defining from “non-fiction” to animal facts. she writes. She engaged the whole group with stories and descriptions of characters from her books and tales to encourage young writers.

The students shared some of the things they learned from the presentation, including that “crocodiles carry their babies in their mouths” and “it takes a long time to make a book.” One student said he particularly liked “the things I did with my whole family”.

Family and community involvement Participación familiar y comunitaria


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