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Family Reading Night Themes

14 years 3 weeks ago #153345 by NIkki
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I just came across a great theme that we're going to use for our Reading night next's going to be a "Literacy Luau"....lots of fun ideas and different stations like:

Flip-Flop book walk-just like a cake walk but with books
Treasure Island-where they do their book exchange
Shark Tank Snacks-where they can get a theme based snack and drink
Wave Wheel-played just like the Wheel of Fortune-parent and child team tries to beat other teams to fill in the blanks and finish the theme based quote
Reader's Reef-where the story is read aloud to the children

Etc, etc, etc....there are endless posibilites with this theme...ENJOY!! :)
14 years 1 month ago #153068 by Lisa @ PTO Today
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Your event sounded fabulous! Did you take any photos? Would love to have you share in our group page:


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14 years 1 month ago #153020 by momof3inCT

With the opening of the movie and a new book, we hosted a Diary of a Wimpy Kid reading night for our students in grades 3-6, emphasizing parent child interaction.

We started in the library watching a couple of interviews with author Jeff Kinney. Parents and students created a "Day in the Life of _____" journal entry pages together. We then went to our "theater" in the gym and learned to draw and doodle with one of our parent graphic artists. Intermission consisted of popcorn and water/juice boxes. We ended the evening with the families acting out their "Day in the Life of " pages. We raffled off a family pack to the movie and 4 copies of the new book.

Our red carpet and mini journal "diary" giveaways were a hit. The evening was free to attend and went over so well that one parent even gave the PTO a donation!

14 years 2 months ago - 14 years 2 months ago #152737 by Lisa @ PTO Today
Replied by Lisa @ PTO Today on topic Re:Family Reading Night Themes
Thanks for sharing the details of your soup & story night. What a wonderful idea! Great list of books too!

Mary H-
Thanks for telling us about your past reading night themes. Love the All the Colors of the Earth book!

So for a spring Reading Night theme how about tying into Earth Day? Some book suggestions: The Lorax by Dr. Suess, Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel, Maxine's Tree by Diane Leger... there are so many great books about the environment!

Mary & Marcjuliedaly- If you have a chance we'd love you to tell us what worked and didn't work for read-aloud books in our "book tracker" on the Family Reading Night Group page.

Thanks again,

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14 years 3 months ago #152564 by mary h
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We are looking for a new reading night theme. Looks like this is the place to come. We have so done these themes so far:

If you give child a book.... (read Laura Numeroff books)
All the Colors of the Earth
Time travellers
Books & blankets
Reading Olympics

Looking for a Spring event theme idea.. any ideas out there?
14 years 3 months ago #152537 by
our elementary did a Soup & Story night. We had approximately 175 people register to come to this free event. Parents from our PTO volunteered to make different soups. We had 16 crock pots of all different types. Some made corn bread/rolls also.
We then had 5 different stories read by adults. Each story was in a different location. After we ate, the kids got into their groups (color-coded groups) and ventured off to their starting point.
After the story was done, they rotated to the next story, and so on. The whole event took about 2 hours.
The stories that were read were: Mean Soup, Chicken Soup With Rice, Stone Soup, Martha Blah Blah, and Soup Bone.
We also had books donated by our local Gleaner's club which were raffled off during the dinner part of the night.
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