Parents learn ways to help students


District literacy coach Liana Glanville, center, talks with Brittany Smith and other parents at the Parent Involvement Workshop at Metcalfe Elementary in northeast Gainesville.

LEE FERINDEN/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 2:44 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 2:44 p.m.

Parents looking for tips to help their young children build vocabulary and hone counting skills received tips galore, free books and other take-home activities at an interactive Parent Involvement Workshop for students in the Pre-K Exceptional Student Education program.

Dr. Barbara Henry, ESE supervisor for Pre-K & Parent Involvement for Alachua County Public Schools, provided parents with a host of activities designed to help them to engage their children in reading and counting at the workshop held last Friday at Metcalfe Elementary School.

Participants created word cards, calendars and lollipop felt flowers to use with their children at home. They also received free books and door prizes.

Liana Glanville, the literacy coach for the school district, offered reading and counting tips, including a PowerPoint presentation. Both Henry and Glanville were available for individual discussion.

Brittany Smith, whose 4-year-old son attends Prairie View Elementary, said she came to learn ways to help her child with reading and counting.

Maricel and Jobert Caoili, whose 5-year-old son attends Norton Elementary School, said they were looking for guidance to help their child build his language skills.

Crystal Welcome, whose sons, ages 3 and 5 years of age, attend Irby Elementary School in Alachua, came to get tips on how best to help her young boys while her second- and fourth-grade children work on their homework. "They already want to do what their brothers are doing," Welcome said.

Henry told parents to look at everyday activities as teachable moments.

Glanville said poems, nursery rhymes and tongue twisters are good ways to expose children to language.

She said magnetic letters on a refrigerator door will provide children with good opportunities to build words.

"We're all different and very unique," Glanville said. "We interpret information in a different manner."

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