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Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v5 n2 p32-33 Spr 2004

The National Academy of Education, Commission on Reading, emphasized that the best way to make children successful readers is to read aloud to them. This can be difficult for teachers and parents of deaf children. This article describes a program called Family Fun Night created by the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) in Summerdale, Pennsylvania. The goal of Family Fun Night was to expose students and families to the beauty and pleasure of reading a story using American Sign Language. Its objective was to expose parents to various strategies for reading to their deaf children and to include them in their young children's literacy development. Family Fun Night included four major components: (1) motivating and entertaining picture books; (2) storytellers and other staff volunteers; (3) related activities; and (4) families.

Descriptors: Picture Books, Deafness, Emergent Literacy, American Sign Language, Reading Strategies, Learning Activities, Parent Education, Story Telling, Family Involvement

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, KS 3600, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: 800-526-9105; Tel: 202-651-5340; Fax: 202-651-5708; e-mail: odyssey[at]; Web site:

Author: Waldner, Heather M.


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