Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Brimhall Bonanza

Families learning together
November hosted our school's grades three and four Family Learning Night. This year, the "BRIMHALL BONANZA" was complete with our own theme song which we played over the announcements leading up to the event. (Hear our song here.) We worked hard to advertise, and it worked! Over 100 families (300+ people) attended the event. I planned the Bonanza with my coworker Melanie Groth (our reading/math coach).

It was a western wear optional evening--so notice how we are all dressed up!
Ms. McCormick with Blaze.
Our goals for the night were: to have students show their parents some of the things we do at school, for parents and children to have a fun learning based night, and for families to connect with one another. It was also a great way for me the librarian to showcase our library/collection and meet families. I think our goals were met.

We created and asked teachers to help create stations around math and reading. At the event-- families were welcomed with a free deck of cards and dice to keep to use for math games at home. A delicious dinner of tacos (sponsored by the PTA) was served to all. After dinner--siblings were taken to free childcare. We then had choice stations for kids to attend with their families:

  1. Database Scavenger Hunt in the computer lab
  2. Everyday Math Games--3rd grade room/4th grade room
  3. Math Games on the iPad
  4. Bonus library book check-out
  5. Reading around the campfire with your parent (I pulled a lot of great picture books--and had a campfire up on the SMART board).
  6. Make your own trail mix (measuring practice) (reading directions)
  7. Estimation Jars
  8. Symmetry art project
After our station time-- our kids all went to practice singing our school song. The parents all played a getting to know you BINGO game. We gave away gift cards to Target as prizes (this motivated the adults to leave their usual parent groups and meet new people).

Our kiddos then performed a quick song, and we did a raffle for gift certificates for the spring book fair. It was a busy and FUN filled night.