by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH
April 12, 2007
Family Literacy Night Article
Cedarville University’s Diagnostics and Remedial Reading class is bringing Dr. Seuss to the Cedar Cliff Elementary on Monday, April 30, 2007. The event will take place from 6-7:30 P.M. in the gymnasium of Cedar Cliff Elementary. Students from grades 1-5 at Cedar Cliff are encouraged to bring their parents to this night full of fun and excitement in order to learn more about the importance of reading. Throughout the night, the students and parents will be engaged in all sorts of fun activities put on by the neighboring college students. Parents will be encouraged to take the information that is learned from the stations and implement them into their own households.
There are several benefits that are going to come from Literacy Night. First of all, it will be a great opportunity for parents to come into the school and get better acquainted with reading techniques. These techniques will help improve their children’s reading skills in useful and resourceful ways. Parents will receive a packet of information that they will be able to take home and put to good use. This packet will be full of strategies and reading procedures they can use with their children in order to make reading a desired and fun activity in their home.
Second, this will be an excellent opportunity for Cedarville University Education majors to work with the surrounding communities and exhibit their interest in the improvement of reading skills. “I think that it will be a great opportunity for the Cedarville community to learn some great reading techniques to improve literacy” said Olivia Short, one of the Cedarville University students who is working Literacy Night this year. The interaction Cedarville University students will have with the students at Cedar Cliff and their parents will create established relationships and will allow both set of individuals to become better accustomed to their surroundings.
There will be several different stations set up throughout the night which will inform the parents of ways in which their children will be able to grow in their reading skills. One of the stations that will be present at the Family Literacy Night will allow the parents and their children to work together to make a book about a family vacation by looking at a picture of a vacation spot. “I think that our station will allow families to work together and giving the parents a chance to share their creative writing skills with their children,” said Kaitlyn French and Jessica Steinmetz.
Family Literacy Night, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”, is going to be an awesome opportunity for parents and their children to spend quality time together. On top of that, the families will be able to engage in entertaining and educational activities that will help them become aware of the importance of literacy in their homes. Remember the quote from Dr. Seuss, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”