I just love this time of year! Fall, new activities, parent teacher conferences, literacy night, book fair.... It gets crazy busy! But it can be so fun to see the families come out and have a good time in our school.
The theme for this year's Family Literacy & Math Night was pirates! It went along with the book fair that our librarian was having. And what kid doesn't like pirates? We decorated our doors to the gym as pirates as well as inside. In the top photo you can see some of the table decoration that we used to make the tables where the families eat look inviting and fun.
At my school we serve families a free supper on Family Literacy and Math Night. It is a great way to get families in and to serve them. Our menu also had the fun pirate theme: potato chowder, seafood or chicken salad slider, treasured treat and pink lemonade.
After families are served and enjoy their meal, they can move around the gym and play the activities. We had a couple of Walk the Plank games, pirate ring toss and pin the eye patch on the pirate. I set out a table full of all kinds of books. After students played my game, they got a book. This night for me is about getting books into students' hands that they can take home and keep.
My game was pirate ring toss. My husband got me some plywood planks and I spray painted them black. Then we attached pirate hooks and bent horse shoes for students to toss the rings onto. They loved the game. It was something preschool through grade five could all play.
The pirate hooks were really cute!
Kids also had fun at the Pirate Name station. My pirate name was Bucko Iron Hook!
I like to have a few stations where families can move through them without extra help. This was one of those. We do have high school students that come to help clean tables and hand out goody bags. They also work our photo booth and drawing table. That is huge to be able to get a few extra helping hands!
Can't believe we are about half way through our RtI already for this first cycle! Students are working so hard and showing so much progress. If you have students needing extra word work help, check out these binders. They are available individually or as a bundle. It is a great way to move from individual sounds to chunking sounds to applying the sounds to connected text!
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