March 16, 2011
Education majors take part in Super Star Family Fun Night
Working with Frances Willard Elementary School in Arkansas City,
Cowley College education majors read picture books and facilitated science
activities for students in grades pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade
during Frances Willard’s Super Star Family Fun Night event held
Approximately 400 parents and students attended the event. The science activities coordinated with children’s picture books which had been read to each classroom throughout the day by education majors from the Foundations of Education and Introduction to Teaching course.
“The objective was to provide parents an opportunity to see that reading a book can go beyond the traditional idea of a bedtime story and include fun, hands-on activities for the whole family,” Julie Rhoads, Cowley College director of education and service learning said.
The education majors picked the book they read to the students and received input on the science activities they implemented with the students.
Rhoads thought the event was beneficial not only to the elementary students but also to the education majors.
“When students become actively involved in concepts covered in children’s literature, their reading skills are better developed,” Rhoads said.
As part of the Super Star Family Fun Night, a dinner was held to celebrate the students taking the state assessments.