Grand Opening of Parent & Family Resource Center

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We have officially opened the new Parent & Family Resource Center, located at 322 Manor Street, Roberta (beside the high school basketball gym). There will be a variety of resources at this easily accessible facility, which will include family workshops, computers with internet access, books, games and other resources.
District Family Engagement Specialist Scarlet Sanders and Parent Mentor Michelle Olandez will be available to assist families with questions or direction to necessary resources.
Visit the new Parent & Family Resource Center at your earliest convenience. The hours of operation are 8 am to 4 pm, Monday – Friday, or by appointment for other hours.
For more information, please contact Scarlet Sanders at (478)836-3131 extension 132 or scarlet.sanders@crawfordschools.org.

Literacy Activity #3

Literacy Activity #3: Explore print and language in the real world.

Reading books is important, but children must be aware that print and our language is in the real world. Being aware that our world consist of language and print rich environments will emphasize the importance of literacy.

Here are a few ways to explore print and language in the real world.

  1. Young children: Point to signs, labels, etc. in the grocery story and identify the different sounds. Have the child tell you the sound and play a game of other words or sounds that are alike.
  2. Young Children: Sing nursery rhymes and have lots of conversations to help build a rich vocabulary and strong oral language skills.
  3. Young children: Ask the child to tell a story by drawing pictures and then “reading” their story to you.
  4. Use a cookbook or recipe to show your child how to follow steps to make a batch of cooks.
  5. Play a board game like Scrabble to practice reading skills, and to expand vocabulary.
  6. Listen to audio books together as a family.
  7. Read the newspaper, magazine, menus or other forms of print with your child.

Share your ideas of how you expose your children to print and language in the real world.

Literacy At Home Activity #2

Literacy at home activity for week #2 :  Initiate dinner table discussions with your children.  

You and your children don’t need to read the same books to have dinner table conversations about the books.  I know my children are interested in what I am reading. Of course, I don’t discuss the entire plot of the story with them, but I do give them a brief kid-friendly synopsis of the book.

Talk about the books they are reading. Ask them questions that will encourage a discussion, such as:

  • 1) What is the main topic of the book?
  • 2) Where is the story set? How do you know?
  • 3) What do you think will happen next?
  • 4) How does this book compare to another one you have read on this topic?

Let the conversation flow naturally.  As the conversation flows, you will have other questions, as you  let your student talk about the book.  Share what you are reading too,  but remember to share appropriate content with them.

Family-Friendly Literacy Activities to Empower Families as Readers

We know that reading more makes better readers.  As families, we can impact our children’s literacy skills in a positive way.  In our busy lives, we ask ourselves how can we do meaningful activities at home to build our children’s literacy skills because we do not have the time to plan added activities.

Each week for the rest of this year, I will give you one simple activity that you can do with your children that will empower them to be successful readers. It is my challenge that you will implement this one simple activity each week and let me know how you made it work for your family.  I will be featuring your feedback in future blogs.

This week’s family-friendly literacy activity:

READ TOGETHER!  OR SEPARATELY! Really, just read.

Children will do what they see their role models doing.  If your children see you reading, they will want to read also.  Setting this positive example of reading will emphasize that reading is a natural and valuable part of every day life.  Reading to smaller children will model fluency, expression and pronunciation.

Of course you can talk about what you read, but take the first big step this week and read to your children or encourage them to read with you.

Join me next week for another family-friendly literacy activity.

 

 

Introducing Family Engagement Coordinator, Scarlet Sanders

Proudly I serve as the Family Engagement Coordinator for the Crawford County School System in Roberta, Georgia. I have called Crawford County my home for many years, as I was a 1988 graduate of Crawford County High School. I am married to Lee Sanders, 1987 Crawford County High School  graduate and School Board member with five children, who have attended Crawford County Schools.
I look forward to being a part of building our schools to great success. I encourage everyone in Crawford County to take an active part in helping our students and schools to succeed.

Scholarship Opportunity

This is a scholarship available to graduating Seniors 2017.  Deadline is November 30, 2016.
Funder:        The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Program:      College Scholarship Program
Size:          up to $40,000 per year for four years
Deadline:      November 30, 2016
 Scholarship recipients will be awarded as much as $40,000 per year for four years to cover the cost of tuition, books, living expenses, and other fees. Up to forty spaces are available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the best four-year colleges and universities in the nation.

In addition to financial support, the program offers an on-staff adviser to help students transition to college and maximize their campus experience, a network of scholars, and opportunities students might not otherwise have access to, including funding for internships, study abroad, and graduate study.

To be eligible, applicants must plan to:
 • graduate from a U.S. high school in the spring of 2017 and enroll in an accredited four-year college in the fall of 2017;
 • earn a cumulative, unweighted G.P.A. of 3.5 or above;
 •receive an SAT combined math and critical reading score of 1200 or above or an A.C.T. composite score of 26 or above;
and demonstrate unmet financial need.

 For complete scholarship guidelines, an FAQ, and application instructions, see the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (http://gafcp.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=bc44d24f4e34573cbdf329aa1&id=a379346314&e=0942f678c5) website.