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NGE Completes Latino Family Literacy Program
NGE Completes Latino Family Literacy Program
Posted on 03/24/2022
North Georgetown Elementary School has graduated its first cohort of parents enrolled in the Latino Family Literacy Program. Fourteen families participated in the 10-week program designed to improve both English and Spanish literacy and language skills and help students and their parents fall in love with books and reading together.  

Latino students comprise 76 percent of North Georgetown's enrollment and are diverse in their language and literacy skills. This is also the fastest growing population in the U.S. The Latino Family Literacy program is designed to engage all parents, from those who are illiterate to those who are fluent in two or more languages.  

"¡Listo!" ("I'm Ready!") was targeted towards parents of kindergartners. Each week, a new bilingual book was introduced in both languages. Teachers instructed parents in effective reading strategies in order to engage their children in the books, as well as additional skills necessary for school success. Parents committed to reading every day and completed a variety of at-home activities with their children to build English and Spanish vocabulary, number recognition, math vocabulary, and skills to develop social and emotional competence.  

The Latino Family Literacy Program is unique in that music and art are integral components. Each session begins with a song and a reminder that rhyme, rhythm and song are fun ways to encourage children to play with sounds, learn new words and understand phonological concepts that are the basis for reading. Each family is creating a family album comprised of captioned photos, a bilingual illustrated alphabet, a variety of ESL worksheets and a group poem written in class following our reading of the book "Colors All Around." 

COVID safety precautions required the program to be virtual for the first half, but NGE kicked off in-person sessions with the support of the Georgetown Public Library, which signed up parents and children for library cards and encouraged their participation in the array of programs offered. Redner's Markets provided a donation for our end-of-program celebration, where participants received certificates of completion, provided feedback and were encouraged to participate in the next cohort, which begins in April. Families were also provided a new set of books with which to fall in love. All participants will also receive a set of beginner books for their home libraries as well as certificates to use at the spring book fair at the school. 

For more information on the program, contact Assistant Principal Sarah Green or ELL Coordinator Jennifer Nein at (302) 855-2430.

NG Latino Literacy Program

NG Latino Literacy Program

NG Latino Literacy Program

NG Latino Literacy Program