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Firgrove Elementary Breakfast and Books
Breakfast and Books! at Firgrove Elementary
Posted on 12/13/2016
Breakfast and books go together at Firgrove Elementary

Parents of Firgrove Elementary students in pre-kindergarten through second grade are invited to attend Breakfast and Books! with their child. The event is held monthly and focuses on enhancing the family literacy connection by engaging parents and students in literacy activities.  They read stories, enjoy breakfast, and participate in interactive crafts.

Breakfast and Books! demonstrates the enjoyment children and parents have when they read stories aloud and do fun and easy crafts together. Parents have the opportunity to participate in a literacy activity and learn fun and easy ways to include their child and family in the experience.

The event takes place in the Firgrove Library. Beginning this year at Firgrove, the first breakfast was held on November 3 with 27 parents in attendance.
Firgrove Elementary

Last month’s story, “Skippyjon Jones” by Judy Schachner, was about the not so ordinary adventures of a Siamese Cat. Although a short and simple picture book, librarian Laurie Vitt read it with enthusiasm and modeled the literacy concepts of making predictions through the use of a picture walk. Afterwards, everyone used pumpkins to create their very own replica of Skippyjon Jones.
Firgrove parents

Assistant Principal Telisa Reed started the program to not only build Firgrove’s home and school relationships, but to also encourage at-home reading between parents and their children by providing them with some of the same skills our teachers use to engage their students in the joys of reading. 

“The point is really to help parents help their kids to become better readers. When parents come here, they’re saying to their kids that reading is important and they’re willing to do anything to ensure that they have the tools necessary to be successful. That’s why we’re here…to share the wealth and provide those tools,” said Reed. “It is both humbling and exciting to see our library filled with moms and dads that are willing to even push strollers in the cold and rain to come out and be a part of this program.” 

Each parent receives a copy of the book, learns engaging ways to read and share the story with their child, and a completed craft to take home.

The next Books and Breakfast, a Title One sponsored program, will take place on January 12, 2017 at 9:00 am.