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sfc 05-25-2012 08:08 AM

Family Literacy night planning K-7
I need to plan a summer family literacy night for a summer program. Looking for themes and ideas on how best to run and organize it for about 175 kids. Help???!!!

TeachFun 05-28-2012 06:58 PM

Our Title 1 teachers put on a very nice famil literacy night this spring. It was called "Passport to Literacy." Each family had their own passport which they got stamped at the various activities they visited. I helped direct people to the different areas, so don't really remember all the activities. This is what I can come up with now:
*making bookmarks
*a drama center with costumes and a little "stage"
*game room
*one room had a family story center. They took a family picture and the families wrote a bit about themselves (don't remember the details, but it was neat)

I don't remember what else they had, but I know it was are most well-received family night. It was motivating for the families to make it to all of the activities to get all of their pages stamped.

1956BD 05-28-2012 07:17 PM

Literacy Night
I would choose a wide variety of reading selections and make it as hands on as possible.

Read and follow a recipe- make an take prepared food away.

Read and follow directions to make a craft- make and take a product away.

Munch on dry cereal while learning to read nutrition labels correctly.

Have a Harry Potter room. Read and follow directions to perform a magic trick.

Read an excerpt from a novel and watch part of the same movie. Compare and contrast book and film.

Have a poetry for two voices room. Have copies of poems and books by Mary Ann Hoberman; You Read To Me;I'll Read To You. Allow parent and child to read them together.

Read a scary story in a camp environment with tents set up. Use flash lights in a dimly lit room.

Have a Dr. Seuss room. Everyone enjoys his books.

Have books with experiments and supplies to perform a couple of different experiments.

Have a dog training book and a dog for kids to meet.

Listen to a picture book on

Learn to read a map and find answers to map questions that are specific to that map. Could have globes and atlas fun as well.

I would make the theme something about adventures. Books can take you on an adventure. Enjoy the fun!

sfc 05-29-2012 11:16 AM

Thanks for some great information. I look forward to trying some of the ideas out.

unique 05-30-2012 05:45 AM

Thank you 1956BD
These were some great ideas.

vintagegirl 08-11-2012 02:24 AM

Literacy Night Ideas
Great ideas, 1956BD, for a literacy night anytime of the year! :)

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