The WriteOn! table facilitates weekly literacy programming at Stillwater, Oklahoma’s WONDERtorium children’s museum. WriteOn! programming focuses on children between the agesof 4 and 12. Murray served as literacy sponsors at the WONDERtorium space on Tuesdays, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. The main focus for the Spring 2016 programming was continued improvement in museum-inspired programming. We aimed to develop literacy activities inspired by and designed to incorporate the various play-spaces in the museum—a modification to encourage children to explore the space with intentions to write about their observations. Further, we alsoworked to design literacy activities in accord with Oklahoma PASS Skills that are required for early childhood development.
One-on-one work with kids and their writing at the local Highland Park Elementary school. Work by the tutors is done weekly in order to develop the children's writing skills for the following essays: Narrative, Informative, and Opinion/Argumentative. This helps prepare the students for their state-wide testing in writing. Children work in groups of 3 to 5 students to on the genre of writing for the week. Students are given individualized attention, talk about sample essays, discuss the mostimportant elements to include the specific genre, and work on the four square outline that the classrooms utilized.
This was a continuation of the English as a Second Language (ESL) project launched at Highland Park Elementary to help interested parents who are English language learners (ELLs) improve their skills. In 2016, it was relocated to the Wondertorium children’s museum, which allowed for the children to have a fun and active learning space while we consulted with their parents.
The Read, Write & RePete group facilitates biweekly literacy programming at the Stillwater PublicLibrary. Read, Write & RePete focuses on providing free, public access literacy programming forchildren between the ages of 8 and 12—with a bit of wiggle room. The Spring 2016 Read, Write &RePete team members serve as literacy sponsors at the Library space on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. As this is a new outreach program of the OSU Writing Center, the team focuses on two main areas of development: First, it worked on fostering an environment that engaged visitors with literacy- and imagination-based activities via reading, writing, and sharing. In doing so, we aime to meet some Oklahoma PASS Skills required for early childhood development. Further, we also develop literacy activities inspired by various genres and forms of writing in order to give the kids a sampling of how many ways writing is done and used, e.g. from comic book writing to letterwriting.
We go to Wings of Hope to work on literacy with the children and to assist mothers with the job search process including applications, resumes, and cover letters. We also designated one Wings of Hope Family Crisis Services consultant to the area of grant research inorder to expand the impact that OSU writing consultants have at Wings of Hope by providing a greater range of our writing skills.