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Family Night at Lynd School stresses early childhood learning

Photo by Mike Lamb Kindergarten student Landon Alsaker blows up a balloon while his mother, Summer, and teacher Morgan Larsen watch during Early Childhood Family Education Title I Family Literacy Night at Lynd School Tuesday.

LYND — When Stacy O’Leary was asked about Early Childhood Family Education Title I Family Literacy Night inside the Lynd School gymnasium on Tuesday, first-grader Caitlin Demuth quickly answered for her teacher.

“It’s fun,” the student said while drawing a picture on a table in front of the teacher.

“It is fun,” her teacher said back. “It’s a night families can come and there are different activities where we promote reading, they get a meal and they get to pick a book.”

O’Leary teaches Title 1 students. According to the Lynd School website, Title I is designed to give students help in reading or math based upon the recommendation of the classroom teacher and performance on standardized tests or formal assessments. The program involves individual and/or small group help centered around students needs.

According to O’Leary, Lynd School holds Family Literacy Night every year with a different theme. This year it was movies and the students were asked to draw pictures of their favorite movie.

“Descendants” Demuth said of her drawing.

“Descendants” is an Disney musical fantasy adventure-comedy television film.

“I like them,” she said.

According to the Minnesota Department of Education, Early Childhood Family Education is a parenting education program that provides programming and services for families of small children.

“Parents and family engagement is crucial to a young learner’s development and provides a foundation for future school success,” the Minnesota Department of Education says on its website.

Kindergarten teacher Morgan Larsen said Family Literacy Night draws “a ton of people.”

“Last night we had over 100 people. It’s one of our more popular nights,” she said.

Larsen was overseeing an activity involving balloons.

“We try to focus on a different areas of development. There is a sensory table, art, reading, math is somewhere,” she said.

Larsen said the balloons are used to “develop large motor movements, physical activity.”

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