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Family Reading Night Themes

13 years 3 weeks ago - 13 years 3 weeks 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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13 years 2 days 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!

13 years 20 hours 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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12 years 11 months 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!! :)
12 years 10 months ago #153422 by Lisa @ PTO Today
Replied by Lisa @ PTO Today on topic Re:Family Reading Night Themes
Sounds great Nikki! I especially like the Wave Wheel of Fortune idea. This sounds like a game that both kids and adults would love. How are you going to create the wheel and do the fill in the blank part?

Thanks for sharing,

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12 years 10 months ago #153668 by maggiorepfo
We did "Cat in the Hat". The children loved it. We had red and white hats along with stations set up for the children. Ex. One station each child got to read the book and we recorded their voice onto a cd to take home. Another station was set up for riddles and so on. We had a couple stations set up for the child to read one side of the book pages and a parent to read the other side. It was a really big hit. Oh and we served GREEN EGGS AND HAM!!! I wish I knew how to post pictures on here because it was a true hit!
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