Lifelong Learning Field Trip

May 8, 2015 at 11:59 AM | Posted in Family Learning, Student Stories | Leave a comment


This week students in our Family Learning Program visited the Plum Center for Lifelong Learning.  They participated in an adult ESOL class there and met many of the students.  We hope that some of our students will graduate from our program and be able to attend Plum Center classes.


Celebrating Earth Day

April 24, 2015 at 9:31 AM | Posted in Family Learning, Student Stories | 3 Comments

Earth Day PACTOn Wednesday, learners and their children at Crestwood Elementary celebrated Earth Day with a Parent and Child Together Time (PACT). They read Handa’s Surprise, a culturally diverse children’s book, as well as planted tomato seeds in small containers to take home and observe. They also sang a song about the Earth, our planet. Happy Earth Day!

– Thanks to LCNV instructor Elizabeth Magee for sharing photos and news from Crestwood throughout the semester

Crestwood Class Photos

March 9, 2015 at 4:14 PM | Posted in Family Learning, Student Stories | Leave a comment
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Congratulations to the Family Learning Program students who received perfect attendance at Crestwood AM in February, as well as all the learners participating in class speaking activities.

Mark Your Calendars: LCNV’s 8th Annual Reading: A Family Affair

January 30, 2014 at 1:08 PM | Posted in Family Learning, RAFA | Leave a comment
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The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia will host its 8th Annual Reading: A Family Affair (RAFA) on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the James Lee Community Center. A suggested donation of $5 per family at the door will benefit LCNV’s Student Scholarship Fund.

Come to Reading: A Family Affair, and enjoy a spell-binding day filled with stories,dance, songs, puppets and even a bit of magic as created by nine local performing artists and WETA Kids’ Clifford the Big Red Dog! Download the RAFA Poster, and share it with your friends and colleagues to help spread the word about this great family event!  Volunteers are needed too!  Express your interest and expedite your placement process.

NEW! Pre-register to attend RAFA and you’ll be entered in a raffle for a chance to win a Nook® HD.

Reading: A Family Affair 2014

Reading: A Family Affair 2014


LCNV Librarian’s Latest Recommendation: From Home to School

October 3, 2013 at 3:39 PM | Posted in Family Learning, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
From Home to School

From Home to School series

Looking to help your student gain language skills to be more actively involved in the lives of school-age children? The LCNV library now has books in a series from New Readers Press called From Home to School – books with engaging stories about the everyday lives of parents and children.

The books in this series have short theme-based readings and life skill activities as well as stories set against a backdrop of school culture, covering topics such as health, nutrition, and academic performance. They also include exercises to check comprehension, expand vocabulary, and strengthen listening, speaking, and writing skills.

The LCNV library now has the literacy level, first- and second-level books of this series. Learners who are able to read simple sentences with good comprehension could benefit from the literacy level book, while the first and second level books require slightly higher reading skills.. The series is shelved in the IV.I (Family Relations) section.

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 browse the selections and 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

Transurban-Fluor 495 Express Lanes Grant Awarded to LCNV!

August 28, 2013 at 4:26 PM | Posted in Family Learning, News | Leave a comment
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Students practice reading and writing exercises to improve their English skills in the Family Learning Program classes at Crestwood Elementary School.

Students practice reading and writing exercises to improve their English skills in the Family Learning Program classes at Crestwood Elementary School.

The Transurban-Fluor 495 Express Lanes Grant Program chose to support #LCNV’s Family Learning Program because of its dedication to enriching the lives of members of the community. Read their great profile of LCNV’s work.

Reading: A Family Affair – Tomorrow!

March 1, 2013 at 7:00 AM | Posted in Family Learning | Leave a comment
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RAFA 3Reading: A Family Affair (RAFA) is a family literacy day presented by LCNV and Signature Sponsor Verizon. This Saturday, March 2, RAFA will spotlight storytellers, musicians, dancers, and puppeteers from the greater Washington Metropolitan Area. Stories are told in many ways. Engage all of your senses in the magic of literacy! A $5 suggested donation per family will benefit LCNV’s Student Scholarship and Advancement Fund.

Can’t make it to this event? LCNV changes the lives of over 1,500 adults and their families each year, teaching life skills and workforce skills to adults who read English below the fifth-grade level. Many have learning differences or are not literate in their native languages. Please help one of these learners today by making a tax-deductible donation! 

  • $25 = Oxford Picture Dictionary for a student in our Family Learning Program
  • $50 = a scholarship for one adult for 12 weeks of English class
  • $100 = training for two tutors to work one-to-one with adult learners.

All new or increased gifts of any amount will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous challenge grant. Will you help us reach our goal of $25,000 by June 30? 

Thank you for all that you do for LCNV learners! Looking forward to sharing this special event with you on Saturday!

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042

Upcoming ESOL Parent Meeting

November 9, 2012 at 8:00 AM | Posted in ESOL, Family Learning, Uncategorized, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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Fairfax County Public Schools will be hosting its last ESOL Parent Meeting on November 13, 2012

(Tuesday) from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Woodson High School in Fairfax.  Dinner and childcare are  provided, as well as interpreters for Arabic, Farsi, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.  Fairfax County Public Schools holds these meetings for parents to learn about ESOL services available to their children, the new elementary progress report, advanced academic offerings, preparing for college and career, and other services to support families.

Samantha Poyta, Parent Education Coordinator for SCAN of Northern Virginia & Carisa Pineda, LCNV’s Family Learning Specialist at Hayfield Secondary  ESOL Parent Meeting

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia was present at the first two meetings.  The first meeting was held at Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria on October 10 and the second was at Chantilly High School in Chantilly on October 22.  Parents were very interested in LCNV’s offerings and filled out forms to receive information about classes for next semester; they also showed interest in ongoing conversation classes.  LCNV will also be attending the Parent Meeting at Woodson.  A special thank you goes to volunteer Julia Zurkovsky who attended the Chantilly meeting on LCNV’s behalf and will be attending the Woodson meeting.

To learn more about the FCPS ESOL Parent Meetings, go to

Photo: Samantha Poyta, Parent Education Coordinator for SCAN of Northern Virginia
and Carisa Pineda, Family Learning Specialist LCNV
at Hayfield Secondary ESOL Parent Meeting on October 10

Carisa C. Pineda
Family Learning Specialist
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 237-0866 x 108

Today is National Family Literacy Day & Nov. is National Family Literacy Month!

November 1, 2012 at 3:07 PM | Posted in Family Learning | 1 Comment
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What is family literacy and how LCNV involved? Family Literacy is multi-generational learning where adults and children are engaged together in the education process. Family Literacy looks very differently from program to program across the country, but all Family Literacy Programs have components in common.

The federal definition of Family Literacy includes four components:
1) Adult education (ESOL, basic education, GED, etc.)
2) Child education
3) Parenting skills (understanding the school system, supporting children’s learning at home, etc.)
4) Parent and Child Together (PACT) time – parents and children engaging in learning activities together

Because it has all four of these components, LCNV’s Family Learning Program (FLP) is a Family Literacy Program. How does LCNV’s Family Learning Program fulfill this definition?

1) Adult Education: While the Adult Education component can vary greatly from program to program and can include parents who are native English speakers to programs that are taught in a family’s home language, LCNV’s program focuses on ESOL instruction to adults. The adult participants in the program are parents, family members or childcare providers.

2) Child Education: In LCNV’s Family Learning Program, the adult students may bring their children to the children’s room where children’s teachers engage the children in a variety of ways . Morning classes with pre-school aged children emphasize pre-literacy skills such as introduction to books, fine motor skills, color recognition, etc. Evening classes which include school-aged children can provide homework help. The curriculum for the adults supports their children’s education whether the parents bring their children to the program or not.

3) Parenting Skills: The LCNV FLP curriculum provides teachers with content that is especially relevant to the parents they are serving. LCNV partners with schools, libraries and other organizations to provide parents with information that is relevant to them.

4) Parent and Child Together (PACT): A few times a month, the FLP classes bring the adults and children together for joint learning activities. Teachers also send home PACTs for families to do with their children at home. The adult FLP students receive children’s books for their home libraries. Throughout the semester they learn and practice reading the children’s books to encourage reading with their children at home.

For more information about LCNV’s Family Learning program please contact Carisa Pineda at
For more information about Family Literacy visit the National Center for Family Literacy

Carisa C. Pineda
Family Learning Specialist
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 237-0866 x 108

POSTPONED – Volunteer Open House in Lorton

October 23, 2012 at 8:29 PM | Posted in Class, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Uncategorized, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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* Due to the expected severe weather, this event is postponed. We will announce a new date soon!

Open House: Learn about Adult Literacy & ESOL Volunteer Opportunities!
Monday, October 29, 2012, 7:00 pm
Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Hwy, Lorton, VA

Come hear about how you can make a difference as a Literacy Council volunteer!

LCNV’s mission is to teach adults the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English, so they are empowered to participate more fully and confidently in their communities. LCNV’s approach is to involve volunteers as the English instructors for our adult learners. With LCNV training and support, volunteers help their neighbors directly. The Council has a dire need for more volunteers in and around Lorton.

Volunteers can serve as tutors, who work one-on-one with a learner, or as classroom teachers or aides who work with groups of 10-15 adults at a time. The Council also offers many non-teaching opportunities, from helping out in our office, to supporting special events and outreach. If you are interested in promoting adult literacy in Lorton, we’ll find something that fits your interests!

Join us on the evening of the 29th to learn about the Council’s work and how you can help someone in your neighborhood develop the English skills necessary to succeed!

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Ruba Afzal, LCNV’s Director of Volunteers, at 703-237-0866 x 111 or

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