LCNV will be open for business as usual.

September 30, 2013 at 1:34 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The good news is that LCNV will be open for business as usual tomorrow and providing over 1500 students in need with services. In case of government shut-down, read closures at  http://wapo.st/14Ydy2g.

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Happy 44th to a show dedicated to family literacy!

September 27, 2013 at 3:40 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Jimmy Fallon and The Roots sing a cover of the Sesame Street theme to honor the 44th Anniversary of this esteemed show.  To quote the Huffington Post, “It may be one of the happiest things ever recorded in human history.”  Black Thought of The Roots even offered up some special rhymes.  Enjoy!

 

 

Big Welcome to LCNV 2013 AmeriCorps

September 25, 2013 at 3:44 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
2013 AmerCorps members

(L to R) Renato Jaramillo, Tristen Mimiaga, Xavier Munoz, Shani Brown

LCNV gives a warm welcome to the 2013 AmeriCorps members and lead ESOL classroom teachers.

Renato Jaramillo, Tristen Mimiaga, Xavier Munoz (also Class of 2012) and Shani Brown have been hard at work with their own LCNV orientation as well as registering all the new Fall 2013 students and preparing lesson plans.  It’s quite a hectic time for these valued LCNV AmeriCorps members, and still they found time to provide support for a 9/11 Day of Service event, an AmeriCorps/AARP food drive to help Arlington Food Assistance Center.  They are truly shining examples of youth providing exemplary service to the Northern Virginia community. Thanks for all you do.

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LCNV’s Senior AmeriCorps volunteer Xavier Munoz selected to speak at President Obama’s Task Force on Expanding National Service

September 17, 2013 at 11:38 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Xavier Munoz, LCNV's Senior Americorps member, standing third from left, at first meeting of Presidential Task Force on Expanding National Service

Xavier Munoz, LCNV’s Senior AmeriCorps member, standing third from left, at first meeting of Presidential Task Force on Expanding National Service

Last week, President Obama’s Task Force on Expanding National Service met for the first time. Prior to the start of the meeting, fifteen AmeriCorps members and three Senior Corps members were selected to greet officials from the cabinet departments and other federal agencies taking part in the Task Force. #LCNV’s own AmeriCorps member Xavier Munoz was among only three senior AmeriCorps members selected to share their personal stories. So proud. More info about the Task Force at:  http://1.usa.gov/17vZTQ1

Student Success Story: Teejan Honors Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

September 10, 2013 at 4:11 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
ESOL student, Teejan, wearing a Martin Luther King, Jr. t-shirt while reading the "I Have a Dream Speech"

ESOL student, Teejan, wearing a Martin Luther King, Jr. t-shirt while reading the “I Have a Dream Speech”

Shared with LCNV on August 20, 2013:

“I just wanted to share a great session I had with my student Teejan yesterday. Sometimes it’s hard to keep him motivated with the lessons, so last week I was trying to think of other readings he might enjoy. Somehow we got to talking about the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) and the March on Washington, which he said he was going to attend, and I asked him if he’d like to read the speech. He said he did, so this Monday when we met at the library, I took along a printout of the speech. When we met, I was so touched because he was wearing a MLK t-shirt. I wasn’t even sure if he’d remember what we had said we’d read together.

We sat in the library and he read the speech out loud to me and then we discussed certain parts of it together and the history of MLK’s life.

It’s the best session I’ve had with him. Both of us got teary at certain parts of the speech. Just wanted to let you know. We’re becoming friends.”

Janice Lloyd, Volunteer ESOL Tutor
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042
www.lcnv.org

LCNV Family Learning Recommends Anita Silvey’s “Book-A-Day-Almanac”

September 3, 2013 at 2:45 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

One of my favorite children’s literature resources is Anita Silvey’s Book-A-Day-Almanac. Anita Silvey herself is an extraordinary resource and expert on children’s literature.  I learned of her a few years ago when I saw an advertisement for an event at the Library of Congress where she would be discussing her book “Everything I Need to Know I learned From a Children’s Book.”  The title caught my eye especially because it connects children’s books to adulthood.  I was unable to attend the event, but recommended it to my lead teachers since children’s books are a part of our Family Learning Program here at LCNV.  Elizabeth Magee attended and really enjoyed hearing Anita Silvey speak as it reconfirmed her feelings that children’s literature is for all ages and can have a lasting effbook-a-dayect on life and learning.  Elizabeth surprised me with the book as a gift when I had my first child (three years ago).  I enjoyed reading about celebrities and notable figures and how their favorite books had shaped them.  I had the pleasure of having Anita Silvey sign and personalize the book at the 2010 National Book Festival.  Since then, she has been on my radar for her opinions and book recommendations.

I use her online Children’s Book Almanac http://childrensbookalmanac.com to research children’s books for use in our classroom and seek inspiration for curriculum points and extension activities.  The books she selects are classics or destined-to-be classics because of their universal themes and humanistic appeal.

Carisa Pineda, Family Learning Program Specialist
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042
www.lcnv.org

“What’s Next?” at the LCNV Library

September 3, 2013 at 2:29 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
What's Next? cover

What’s Next? cover

It’s always challenging to find high-interest books that are appropriate for very beginning readers. The Literacy Council library has new copies of a series from New Readers Press that fits this bill. The series is entitled “What’s Next?”. These books are shelved in the III.D section of our library. Tutors who have begun using them report that their students find them very engaging.

These books in attractive workbook format have easy to read stories that follow Samsam, a Somali immigrant, through her daily life in the U.S. where she is faced with learning English, finding a job, visiting a doctor, and other day-to-day activities.

Each lesson introduces target vowel and consonant sounds, blends, endings, and 10 sight words. Learners first focus on the story as a whole, then work on the phonics and sight words, and finally return to the whole story to assess comprehension and learning

The series has four books, each with two levels (introductory and low beginning). Books 1 and 2 focus on short vowels, Books 3 and 4 focus on long vowels.

The Library is located at the LCNV offices, 2855 Annandale Road in Falls Church, and is open from 9:00 – 5:00 Monday through Friday. Tutors and other members of the Literacy Council can check out books and other items. Students are not eligible to check out library materials.

LCNV Librarian’s Recommended Reading
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042

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