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 familylearning@lcnv.org
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
http://www.lcnv.org

Supporting LCNV: BeanTree’s Love of Literacy

July 25, 2012 at 1:24 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Uncategorized, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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This past spring, Carisa Pineda and Serife Turkol attended the 7th Annual BeanTree Learning Family Picnic at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg. More than 400 new books were donated by families of students attending BeanTree Learning as part of the school’s 4th Annual “Love of Literacy” Campaign to benefit families served by the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia,  and the Loudoun Literacy Council. The 200 books received by the Literacy Council are very high quality titles that included many board books which are often expensive for our program to purchase. The Family Learning Program will give these books away to the families we serve.

This is the second time the Literacy Council has received such a generous donation from BeanTree. Many thanks are due the BeanTree families who provided the books and a special thanks to Jennifer Bower, the owner of BeanTree, as well as Tracy Gilliam for coordinating the donation.

Founded in 2003, BeanTree Learning is a privately owned and operated Creative Campus for Children developed by Jennifer Bower.

 

 

 

Carisa Coburn Pineda
Family Learning Specialist
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 237-0866
www.lcnv.org

More Photos from the 2012 Reading: A Family Affair!

March 30, 2012 at 2:58 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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Another big thank you to everyone who attended the 6th annual Reading: A Family Affair.

Make sure to read our previous blog, which also highlights Reading: A Family Affair: Thank You for Supporting RAFA.

Also, visit the Literacy Council’s flickr to see more pictures of our programs and events: LCNV Flickr Photostream.

 
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 237-0866
www.lcnv.org

Thank You for Supporting Reading: A Family Affair!

March 28, 2012 at 3:00 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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The Literacy Council’s Reading: A Family Affair is always a fun event, but there was something special about this one.  Maybe the rainy, cool weather brought more people inside, because the attendance was  higher than ever – over 600 people.  LCNV Staff also had the support of 56 volunteers and very engaged members of the James Lee Community Center staff.

Six years ago, when the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia started Reading: A Family Affair, the idea was to create a fund-raising event that was fun, accessible to our adult learners and their families, and promoted books and storytelling in an active, creative way.  LCNV was bringing books to life – for families – for free.

Reading: A Family Affair has really become a local community event:  showcasing local performing artists and storytellers; promoting one of the best community centers in Fairfax County; engaging volunteers and civic organizations, like Crystal City – Pentagon Rotary Club; and hosting Clifford the Big Red Dog, a celebrity from our local PBS TV station, WETA.  The Literacy Council has created an event that brings the community together to celebrate the joy of books.

This year was also special because our local elected officials attended, demonstrating  their vote-of-confidence in the Literacy Council’s contribution to the community.  Congressman Gerry Connolly was in attendance, and took the time to present the Literacy Council with a Congressional Commendation for  50 Years of Service to the community.  Delegate Mark Keam, representing the Vienna and Tyson’s Corner District in the General Assembly, attended RAFA and  Supervisor Linda Smyth, from the Providence District, made her annual visit.  It is always a privilege to see our community leaders engaged in local events, and with such busy schedules, the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia is honored that they chose to come to RAFA.

Thank you to all who attended, and particularly to Verizon for their signature sponsorship and long-time funding for Reading: a Family Affair. The Literacy Council also thanks WETA-Kids for sharing Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Target and Crystal City – Pentagon Rotary Club for their continued support.  Lastly, LCNV thanks Day and Night Printing, Jason’s Deli and Cosi for their in-kind contributions, as well as the many volunteers who gave up their Saturday. Thank you to all for making Reading: A Family Affair a big success.

Patricia M. Donnelly
Executive Director
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 237-0866
www.lcnv.org

Come to Reading: A Family Affair Tomorrow!

March 23, 2012 at 3:02 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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Reading: A Family Affair (RAFA) is just a day away! RAFA is a free family literacy day presented by the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV). This event brings books to life through a variety of venues:

•   SEE a Book (on stage performances by puppeteers and musicians)
•   HEAR a Book (storytellers)
•   BECOME a Book (audience participation)
•   READ & WRITE a Book (reading/writing activities; book giveaways)
•   CLICK a Book (guided computer activities)

Reading: A Family Affair provides an opportunity to introduce kids and their parents to the literacy activities available throughout the community; it also has become a way for the Literacy Council to get the word out to potential volunteers, adults who need LCNV services, and businesses and individuals looking for a great mission to support.

Come and attend Reading: A Family Affair. The event 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!

EVENT DETAILS

WHEN: This Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 9:30 AM – 2:20 PM

WHERE: James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042

*Parking will be available.

*For safety and space reasons, baby strollers cannot be allowed at this event.

For a complete list of RAFA performers: http://www.lcnv.org/rafa/bios.cfm

For a complete schedule of events: http://www.lcnv.org/docs/RAFA_Schedule_2012_revised_3_13_12.pdf

Join the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia this Saturday and celebrate literacy.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 237-0866 x 115
www.lcnv.org

NOW THIS! – An On the Spot Performance at RAFA

March 8, 2012 at 3:03 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Uncategorized, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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NOW THIS! at Reading: A Family Affair

Come and check out NOW THIS! at Reading: A Family Affair. On March 24, 2012 NOW THIS! promises to surprise, awe, and make you laugh with their totally improvised skits!

For over 20 years, NOW THIS! has been delighting audiences of all ages and interests with improvised spoofs of every style, ranging from opera to folk ballads, Shakespeare to Soaps. Every scene, melody, and lyric has been created, on the spot, from audience suggestion. In their interactive musical shows for kids, the NOW THIS! professional cast takes the audience’s ideas and instantly turns them into songs, comic sketches, and musical fairy tales.

The Washington Post states: “ If you can imagine it, NOW THIS! can sing about it.” NOW THIS! has been featured at the following distinguished venues: the Marquee Lounge; Smithsonian; the Kennedy Center; Palm Springs Convention Center; and the Grand Casino Hotel in Biloxi. The diverse troupe of actors/singers/writers has won the DC chapter of the International Special Event Society’s ISES Award for Best Entertainment twice, and the Esprit, the international version of that award.

Come and interact with the NOW THIS! crew. This band of performers will be showcasing their skills at Reading: A Family Affair in the Become a Book room; catch their show at 12:15 PM or 1:00 PM.  Bring your ideas and imaginations for NOW THIS! and get ready for one hilarious ride.

Download the Reading: A Family Affair poster. Spread the word about RAFA.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 237-0866
www.lcnv.org

Reading as a Family: Read Together, Learn Together

February 22, 2012 at 2:00 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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Attend LCNV's Reading: A Family Affair on March 24, 2012

Who doesn’t remember the joy of curling up on the lap of a parent or grandparent to listen to a story? Or the trip to the local library for story-time? Or watching the faces of older siblings engrossed in a book and wishing you could be a part of their fascination?  Listening to stories and reading together is one of the simple joys of childhood. The Literacy  Council of Northern Virginia also knows that reading together as a family is a great learning opportunity. Children and their relatives discover different places, cultures, and individuals while reinforcing their literacy. Reading as a family also plays a vital role in a child’s development.

According to the National Center for Family Literacy:

  • Children’s reading scores improve dramatically when their parents are involved in helping them learn to read.
  • Low family income and a mother’s lack of education are the two biggest risk factors that hamper a child’s early learning and development.

Long before children enter school, early experiences with books build a strong foundation for learning. Incorporate reading as a regular activity in your child’s life. Choosing age appropriate books should be a consideration, but reading different texts is also beneficial. Poems, plays, and songs are great examples. Not only are they different forms of expression, but foster discussion. Even if a child doesn’t know how to read, give them the opportunity to engage with a book: let them hold the book; follow your finger as you read the text and then let them repeat it. This helps not only build a child’s experience with books, but makes him/her feel important and part of the activity.

Children become readers when their parents read to them. Reading together as a family is one of the main reasons adults come to the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia to learn. I often hear variations of these inspirations:  “I wanted to be able to read to my granddaughter”;  “Becoming a father was my motivation to learn to read”;  “I want to help my child with her homework.” What could be a better incentive?   Sharing the joy of reading to a child, or listening to them reading their first book is a simple pleasure everyone should experience.

Patricia M. Donnelly
Executive Director
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 237-0866
www.lcnv.org

Four Reasons to Give Today!

December 27, 2011 at 3:17 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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Did you know that your donations to LCNV may be eligible for a 40% state tax credit? But that’s only one reason to take action today. Here are three more:

1. The median family income of an LCNV learner is less than $20,000, yet the median family income in the Washington Metro Area is $103,500.[1] We need to act now to ensure that LCNV’s adult learners have the economic security they need to improve their lives and the lives of their families.

2. Our students struggle to pay their $50 class fee. During the fall semester, 37% of LCNV learners requested scholarships – an increase of 7% over last fall. We need your help now to ensure that our scholarship fund has enough money to help the students who will come to us for class in January.

3. Improving a mother’s educational level is one of the best ways to improve a child’s own success in school.[2] Over 70% of LCNV’s 1,500 learners are women, and they report 1,100 dependent children in their homes. We need your support so that our learners can feel confident in being their children’s first teachers.

I need you to be part of our movement. It’s going to take all of us working together to ensure that all of the adults in our community have the education they need to be on the path to prosperity. We can’t do it without you.

Please make a tax-deductible donation today.

After you donate, I need you to spread the word. Follow LCNV’s Facebook and Twitter, to see the profound difference that your investment makes in the lives of LCNV learners. Pass this message on to someone who you want to invite to join our movement. In doing so, you not only double your own impact, you give someone else the opportunity to double theirs, too.

Thank you,
Patricia M. Donnelly
Executive Director

P.S.  I am grateful for a gift of any amount that you can contribute to help our learners gain the literacy skills needed to strengthen our community’s workforce. You can use LCNV’s secure online giving portal at https://www.lcnv.org/donate.

[1] http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/CPHD/housing/hpp/CPHDHousingHppHsgData.aspx
[1] http://www.nationalcommissiononadultliteracy.org/ReachHigherAmerica/ReachHigher.pdf

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