Literacy Newsletter - Authors and Artists

Nurturing Literacy and Art at Home 

Student reading in library


Dear Island Creek Families,

What a joy it was to see you at our recent Authors and Artists Night! The event was buzzing with both creativity and a love for literature and art. 

Your presence and enthusiasm created a truly special atmosphere for our students to explore their imagination and celebrate the power of words and colors. We know you could be spending this time in countless other ways, so your dedication to your children's learning journey was quite evident.

As the magic of that night continues to resonate, we wanted to share some ways you can continue nurturing your children's love for literacy and art at home:


  • Bedtime stories: Make this a nightly ritual, even for older children. Let them choose the books sometimes, and encourage discussions about the plot, characters, and themes.
  • Visit your local library: Libraries are treasure troves of stories! Take regular trips together, explore different genres, and participate in library programs and events.
  • Start a family book club: Choose a book everyone enjoys and have regular discussions about it. This fosters critical thinking and strengthens family bonds.
  • Play word games: Scrabble, Boggle, Mad Libs – these games are not only fun but also help build vocabulary and spelling skills.
  • Write together: Start a family journal, pen silly poems, or create short stories together. This fosters creativity and allows children to express themselves through writing.


  • Provide art supplies: Crayons, markers, paints, clay, play dough – let their creativity flow freely!
  • Visit museums and art galleries: Expose your children to different artistic styles and techniques. Encourage them to ask questions and share their thoughts.
  • Get crafty together: Make collages, build sculptures, or decorate clothes. The process is just as important as the final product.
  • Engage in musical activities: Sing songs, play instruments, or create your own musical compositions. Music sparks joy and imagination.
  • Turn everyday activities into art projects: Bake cookies and decorate them, design cardboard box costumes, or create nature art with leaves and twigs.

Remember, the most important thing is to have fun and explore together. Your enthusiasm and encouragement will go a long way in fostering a lifelong love for literacy and art in your children.

Thank you again for being such a supportive and engaged community. Please feel free to share your feedback here. We look forward to many more inspiring events and shared experiences in the future.


The Island Creek Elementary School Team