San Francisco Unified School District’s KIT (Kindergarteners In Training) Camp is up and running and partnering with local organizations to help support a smooth transition into Kindergarten for San Francisco’s youth. Raising A Reader (RAR) is offering the participating Kindergarten classes weekly read aloud sessions in the classroom and is one of the main presenters at the camp’s Family Literacy Nights. June 14th kicked off the first Family Literacy Night; hosted by SFUSD, Raising A Reader and San Francisco Public Library (SFPL). Families were provided with a dinner, while the SFPL offered library services. Parents were able to fill out library card applications and board the Book Mobile with their children; where library cards were distributed and books were checked out. RAR and SFPL then joined forces in the cafeteria and presented two interactive stories. RAR ended the evening with the parents by facilitating a conversation about early literacy skills, brain development, and the importance of maintaining healthy reading habits in the home.
On the other side of the Bay, program coordinators have been talking to parents about preventing the “summer slide” (http://www NULL.scholastic NULL.com/resources/article/three-ways-to-prevent-summer-slide) by maintaining reading routines throughout the summer and visiting local libraries (http://www NULL.rarbayarea NULL.org/2011/05/summer-reading-season/). Parent are provided handouts with tips on promoting the six early literacy skills and kindergarten readiness.
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Diagram from the San Mateo School Readiness Assessment (http://www NULL.appliedsurveyresearch NULL.org/projects/KSRA_2008/reports/SanMateoCounty_SchoolReadinessAssessment2008-FinalReport NULL.pdf), 2008. Page 54
This core set of skills reflects the five dimensions of readiness articulated by the National Education Goals Panel.
June 21 is Summer Learning Day (http://www NULL.sfgate NULL.com/cgi-bin/blogs/jpeck/detail?entry_id=91219)
This national advocacy day is a great opportunity to showcase summer reading programs and get the word out about the importance of continued learning. (http://www NULL.summerlearning NULL.org/?page=summer_learning_day)
Summer learning programs:
- help participants maintain and advance academic and developmental growth
- support working families
- keep children safe and healthy
- send young people back to school ready to learn