In case you missed it, the Wild Rumpus Literacy Night was amazing. Congratulations to Dr. Valdez and the Pinedale Elementary staff for all of their hard work. The turnout was huge, and I’m already looking forward to next year. There seemed to be something for everyone.
Cannonball Smith, the performer who will be shot out of a cannon as the culminating event for our Million Minutes Family Reading initiative was there signing autographs (broken leg and all). He drove nearly four hours to be here and then turned around and drove back the same night. Now there’s a guy who cares about kids and literacy! Thanks Cannonball!
It would be impossible to list everything that was going on, but I was particularly amazed at the design of the evening. The “Make and Take” activities were outstanding. What a great way to ensure reading continues well after the event. Each grade level pod had unique activities. Reading inside the whale was really fun. On the more practical side, the Lexile Lab was a huge help. In a matter of minutes, my son and I built a book list specifically designed for his reading level. We played synonym games, made Read-Aloud Monster Puppets and created bookmarks.
We also had a chance to view some fantastic artwork, write Haiku’s, learn new vocabulary based on biology, movement and health concepts, and talk to some high school students about their favorite children’s books.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, the thousands of words that were read at the Reading Rumpus deserves a few pictures. Thanks again to everyone that played a part in making this night come to life!