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Longhorn Literacy Nights

A Celebration of Family Literacy


It has been estimated that children from middle-income homes may experience up to 1700 hours of parent-child storybook reading prior to entering the first grade whereas children from lower-income families may experience as few as 25 hours.

Pence, K.L. (2007) Assessment in emergent literacy. San Diego: Plural Publishing

  • Title 1
  • Income level
  • Ethnicities
  • Neighborhood
literacy night goals
Literacy Night Goals
  • Increasing parent involvement
  • Making parents more comfortable in reading to their child
  • Helping parents understand the importance of reading to their child
  • Teaching simple strategies for increasing literacy skills at home
  • Making reading FUN!
format of each evening
Format of Each Evening
  • Welcome activity
  • Dinner
  • Sharing a book
  • Dividing into groups
  • Activities
  • Story Sacks
chicka chicka boom boom
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
  • Theme – Tropical
  • Focus Skill – alphabetic knowledge
  • Activities

-cookie sheets with ABC magnets

-alphabet beach ball


  • Take home

-Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Chicka Chicka 123

-cookie sheets with ABC magnets

-beach ball

-playdough with letter tracers

fancy nancy
Fancy Nancy
  • Theme – Fancy
  • Focus skill - Vocabulary
  • Welcoming activity – Bejewelling crowns
  • Activities



-Rhyming concentration

  • Take home activities

-King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub

-Dry erase board and marker

-Coloring books with suggestions for vocabulary enhancement

-Rhyming concentration

how do dinosaurs eat their food
How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?
  • Theme – Dinosaurs
  • Focus skill - Rhyming
  • Welcoming activity – Dinosaur necklaces and tatoos
  • Activities

-Dinosaur races (put dinosaurs in ABC order)

-Dino-Bingo with rhyming words

-Board game

  • Take home activities

- Dinosaur Alphabet, I Want a Dinosaur, Dinosaurumpus

-Alphabet dinosaurs

-Dino Bingo cards with plastic dinosaurs as markers

-Board game with cards

cook a doodle doo
  • Theme – Farm
  • Focus skill - Sequencing
  • Welcoming activity – Farm animal magnets
  • Activities

-Making dessert (strawberry shortcake)

-Hatching stories

-Reading Detective

  • Take home activities

- If You Give a Pig a Pancake

-Box of pancake mix, spatula, sequencing cards

-Story eggs

-Happy Meal box, educational placemats, hand lens

how i became a pirate
How I Became a Pirate
  • Theme – Pirate
  • Focus skill - Syllabication
  • Welcoming activity – Pirate hats
  • Activities

-Walk the Plank

-Treasure chest file folder game

-Down by the Bay

  • Take home activities

- How I Became a Pirate, Pirate Pete

-Treasure chest file folder game with jewels

-recording of Down By the Bay

five little monkeys
Five Little Monkeys
  • Theme – Monkeys
  • Focus skill – Review
  • Welcoming activity – Monkey visors
  • Activities

-Banana Split relays

-Monkey races

-Acka Backa

-Giant “Twister” game

  • Take home activities

- Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, Five Little Monkeys at the Carwash, etc.

-Banana split recipe

-Barrel of Monkeys

contact information
Contact Information
  • Dee Kirby-
  • Dee Ann Shelton-
  • Andrea Clonch-