A beloved neighborhood school was transformed into a ‘World of Wonder’ that enchanted students, siblings and parents alike. “We loved it all!” enthused one parent about Independence Elementary’s ‘World of Wonder’ Family Literacy Night, held Oct. 15. The event was a celebration of literacy around the world. To the sounds of live steel drum music, families explored different cultural tables set up with artifacts from around the world, located their family heritage on a large world map and had a family photo taken for the school bulletin board.Author and singer/songwriter Julia Jordan Kamanda shared her recently published book, Haja!, to an audience of enthralled elementary students. They sang and danced as she told her story of a little bird who faced a great fear.The evening was filled with interactive literacy-based activities for families to participate in. Each grade-level team created and modeled various literacy strategies that parents can use at home to help support their student’s learning. In addition, the teams incorporated different Thinking Maps to show the families how students can organize their thinking in a variety of ways. “It was wonderful to have so many families attend the World of Wonder Literacy Night,” said organizer Sherri Tobin an instructional coach at Independence. “One of my favorite things was to watch the parents and students engaged and actively working together on different literacy activities.”Families left with a handbook of useful reading strategies, writing prompts and a list of quality online resources that they can access at home. Every student left with a brand new book and a beautiful book bag filled with a writing journal and an assortment of international-themed goodies that will promote literacy at home.
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