On Friday, April 15, Oak Hill Elementary School launched the Oak Hill Bilingual Family Reading Room to promote reading between students and family members at school and at home.
To celebrate the opening of the reading room, the school hosted its first of five Family Fridays, with 85 family members reading the book, “Vida Frida” in either English or Spanish to students in classrooms throughout the school.
Family Friday Program participants receive coaching in a select reading strategy prior to facilitating a classroom reading activity. Family members who participate in the Family Friday Program receive a copy of the book to be able to continue to practice the reading strategies with their child at home.
Facilitated by the school’s family liaison and librarian, the Oak Hill Bilingual Family Reading Room hosts a variety of programs to equip parents and other family members with the tools to support their child’s ongoing reading development. The Family Reading is Fun Program and Family Story Time are additional activities offered through the reading room staff at Oak Hill Elementary School; bringing together parents and their child to learn and practice reading strategies together on a weekly basis.
“Parents attending activities in the reading room are not only learning a lot, but they are having a good time while reading and learning,” explained Giannina Whiting, family liaison and co-founder of the Oak Hill Bilingual Family Reading Room. “We want parents to enjoy reading and we want them to be able to make that connection at home with their children.”
The Oak Hill Bilingual Family Reading Room was funded through an Innovation Grant from the Escondido Education Foundation in the fall of 2015.