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Supporting Literacy & Water Fun Party

Friday, October 21, 2016

Pre-K and K: Supporting Literacy in the Home

On October 12th, over 30 parents attended an hour and a half long workshop hosted by the Early Childhood Coordinator in conjunction with the ES Library and specialists from the Optimal Learning Center.

Open to parents of PK and K, the workshop began with a presentation by the ES Early Childhood Coordinator (Ms. Noreen Corcoran) and the ES Librarian (Ms. Cintia Bastos), highlighting the importance of reading for pleasure and the impact it has on language development.  This presentation was followed by hands-on learning where parents were split into small groups and exposed to strategies they can use to enhance their children’s communication skills.  The four stations were: “Math Vocabulary in the Home,” “Interactive Storytelling,” “Concepts of Print,” and “Language–Based Nursery Rhyme.”

Parents who attended the workshop said it helped them better understand how to engage in activities that can develop their children’s reading comprehension. They were also grateful to have the opportunity to understand how to introduce and use math vocabulary, an often-overlooked area, particularly with our youngest students.

 “Language-Based Nursery Rhymes”

led by Mariela Salcedo (ELL Specialist)


“Math Vocabulary for the Home”

by Lissette Guerra (Instructional Coach


Water Fun Party for our Avid Readers!

On October 14th, the ES Library organized a Water Fun Party as a prize for the winners of the Summer Reading Challenge.  This challenge encouraged all primary students to engage in reading over the summer holidays.  Children chose from an assortment of genres and styles, reading novels, fact books, joke books and other books.

Last Friday, over 50 students gathered in the grassy area in front of our Welcome Center to enjoy a Sponge Water Race, a Water Balloon toss and other fun activities involving H2O. This initiative, to encourage students to remain actively reading during the summer holidays, was a great success; hats off to our ES Library for encouraging a lifelong love of the written word!