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Susan Mary Frabotta
Fun-Filled Family Literacy Nights
By SuSan mary fraBoTTa
Family Literacy Nights are evening events during which community members are invited to school for
a celebration of literacy achievements through read alouds, rich literature and enrichment activities.
These nights strengthen attitudes concerning reading, writing and speaking, and improve parent/teacher
relationships. Parents are able to view the skills of their youngsters. Parents and children enjoy their
time together. These nights contribute to achieving school goals, bring together a diverse school com
munity, create community partnerships, and increase classroom success. Family Literacy Nights show
that learning is fun!
Creating FunFilled Family Literacy Nights tural understanding, align with the Kindergarten
Eighty Kindergarten and Grade One students at and Grade one curricula, and so much more! The
tend each Family Literacy Night at Eastford Road four essential components for a successful Fam
School in Southbridge, Massachusetts. This year ily Literacy Night include, but are not limited
we will host Feeling Big, Bingo Night, and So to, a theme, publicity, activities and community
cial Studies Night. Each of these programs sup involvement. These nights provide the children
port classroom lesson plans, encourage intercul with tools that allow them to examine closely the
importance of literature in their lives.
The themes which have been used focus on
Ms. Susan Mary Frabotta has been an educator schoolwide read alouds, seasonal activities, lit
for twentyseven years. She presently teaches erature genres, character development, setting,
Kindergarten at Eastford Road School in fiction and nonfiction, as well as content areas
Southbridge, Massachusetts. She is a member of such as Math, Science, Social Studies and Eng
the Alpha Gamma Chapter, Massachusetts. Some
of her professional affiliates within the Society
lish Language Arts. Skills such as listening, writ
include cochair of both the Scholarship and ing, reading, reciting, drawing, constructing, re
Literacy Committees, as well as being a member cording, predicting, cutting, collaborating, and
of the World Fellowship, Communications, and the so much more are developed, challenged and ex
Grace’s House Committees. plored with a partner as well as with a parent or a
sibling. These nights are superinvolved fun!
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An invitational letter is sent home with each in sheet, and a list of the students attending
youngster in our school which explains in great the program.