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Glenwood Primary Hosts Latest Literacy Event

The sounds of laughter and delight could be heard throughout the halls of Glenwood Primary School last Thursday night as young families came together for an evening of reading and imagination, led by Floyd County Schools' longtime media specialist Tracy Schroeder.

As part of the L4-GA grant for literacy, Mrs. Schroeder's workshop aimed to help parents learn the most effective techniques for introducing literacy success to their preschool-age children, while at the same time providing a fun and engaging event for the parents and children together. 

In addition to leading the group in a read-aloud and several fun dances, Schroeder encouraged parents to help boost their child's reading success by practicing rhyming words, clapping along to syllables and poems, and reciting environmental print--such as reading the signs of familiar restaurants and businesses.  

Schroeder also emphasized the importance of reading to preschool children from a book each day, as it increases sight word recognition exponentially.  A child who is read to for 20 minutes a day will be exposed to 1.8 million words per year, compared to just 282,000 words for a child who is only read to for five minutes a day.

Lastly, Schroeder underscored the importance of human-to-human reading. "A tablet cannot give a reassuring hug during the sad part of a story.  It cannot laugh with the child during the funny parts. It cannot answer questions, explain words, or let the child take a turn reading." To help attendees put these practices into play at home, each family was sent home with a packet of age-appropriate books, word puzzles, and a parent sheet with helpful games and tips for literacy success.

Thursday's event at Glenwood Primary was the third in a series of parent/child literacy workshops put on by Floyd County Schools.  Previous workshops include an introduction to preschool math basics at Model Elementary School in September and a journey into science exploration at Garden Lakes Elementary in April. Future workshops, held through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, will be announced on the Floyd County Schools Facebook page as they become available.

Contributed by Becky Motes