Fourth-graders and their families enjoyed the literacy-oriented event at West Hartford’s Norfeldt Elementary School.
Submitted by grade 4 teachers Brittney Zieller-Bliss, Aimee Heaton, and Ali Campagna
A love of literacy is a hope that many educators hope to instill in their students. This enjoyment was celebrated at Norfeldt Elementary School. The fourth graders and their families were invited to “Four on the Floor: A Night of Reading” on Jan. 26. Students were able to celebrate reading through three different activities.
The first activity had students participating in a book chat with Norfeldt’s Library Media Specialist Lori Andrada. Students were able to hear about the latest releases at the school’s library as well as books that the students might enjoy reading. Everyone was excited to hear about what the library had to offer and many shared their thoughts about the books they were hearing about.
The second activity gave students and their families the opportunity to hear a read-aloud from both Norfeldt Principal Jen Derick and Curriculum Specialist Michelle Wendehack. These read-aloud books incorporated the school’s newest initiative – mindfulness. Families and students were able to enjoy these books together and even practice some mindful breathing exercises together.
The last activity gave students the ability to become writers with their families through digital storytelling. Students used iPads and an app called “Puppet Pals” to tell a story. Laughs and smiles could be seen throughout the room, as creative stories were created.
“Four on the Floor” was a successful night for all because the joy of reading could be seen in the smiles on both students and families as the left the event.