Family Literacy Programs
The Oregon Writing Project at Willamette University is now offering fun, interactive and educational family programs focused on increasing student achievement in the area of literacy. OWP Teacher Consultants travel to your site and bring the knowledge and know-how to help school communities thrive. Typical sessions last between 60 to 90 minutes and are available for $250 per session. Maximum of 40 attendees per session, please.
Available programs include:
"Supporting Your Child's Writing at Home"
Designed for parents of elementary school aged children, this OWP Family Literacy Night program offers ideas that can be used in every home to engage children in the writing process. Parents will read, write, discuss and make plans that will help support their child's writing at home and school.
"Increasing Student Reading Skills: 25 Simple Things Parents Can Do To Help Their Child Get Ahead"
Recent research in reading achievement points to a variety of actions parents can take to help their child succeed in (and out of) the classroom. A great addition to a parent club meeting, an open house night, or as a stand alone event, this parent program offers concrete suggestions for families with preschool, elementary and middle school aged children.
"Family 'Pop-up' With Books"
Elementary school students and their parents will discuss their favorite books and then work together to create a "pop-up" book to celebrate these favorite stories. Dust off your pencils, as well as your color crayons, and leave this program with a family treasure of your very own. Readers and pre-readers welcome!
"Science & Writing in the Everyday World"
In this OWP Family Literacy Program, elementary school students and their parents will become wonderers and questioners about how things work and live. Working together in hands-on explorations, families will learn science concepts and language by using everyday materials as well as using journals to explore the process of writing in science.
"Our Book: Hecho Por Nosotros"
In partnership with the National Writing Project, OWP introduces a just released resource book of activities for local bilingual families with elementary school age children. Aimed at inspiring writing, reading and listening together this program is open to parents and children and includes a free take-home activity book for each participating family.
"Letter Writing: Today and Tomorrow"
Email and texting may be all the rage, but good old fashioned letter writing can give the power of the pen to today's youth. Parent and students (preschool, elementary, middle or high school) can join together with an OWP Teacher Consultant and craft letters for every occasion. This engaging writing-with-purpose program provides opportunity and practice of important writing skills for all involved.
Middle school students and their parents are invited to a night of writing, decorating, and fun as they create together a family journal that can be used for years to come. This simple idea can provide an added pathway of communication as students head into their teenage years. Journals, art supplies, doorprizes and writing ideas included.
"Writing: A Ticket to Work…Or a Ticket Out"
In 2004 the National Commission on Writing surveyed 120 million American corporations about writing in the workplace and the results are clear. Not only do today's employers look at writing skills as they interview applicants, but they overwhelmingly cite writing as an important criteria for promotions as well. Designed for high school students and their parents, this OWP Family Literacy Program helps participants examine the research that points to the reality of writing as "not a frill for the few, but an essential skill for the many" and discuss how it relates to their own future plans.
"Family Poetry Project"
Middle and/or High School students and parents write poetry together during this Saturday OWP program which promotes skills that can be repeated at home. Developed in conjunction with the Oregon State Poetry Association and the Oregon State Library this program has been featured at several libraries around the state and promises a day of writing that includes engaging poetry prompts and a self-published collection. The fee for this five hour program is $625 and is open to forty total participants. A discount fee for smaller groups is available. Lunch for all participants is included.
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