The Word Up! table facilitates weekly literacy programming at Stillwater, Oklahoma’s WONDERtorium children’s museum.
Word Up! programming focuses on children between the ages of 4 and 12. The main focus for the program is continued improvement in museum-inspired programming. We aim 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 work to design literacy activities in accord with Oklahoma PASS Skills that are required for early childhood development.
Highland Park Elementary
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 on the genre of writing for the week. Students are given individualized attention, talk about sample essays, discuss the most important elements to include the specific genre, and work on the four square outline that the classrooms utilized.
Adult ESL Program
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.
Read, Write & RePete
The Read, Write & RePete group facilitates biweekly literacy programming at the Stillwater Public Library.
Read, Write & RePete focuses on providing free, public access literacy programming for children between the ages of 7 and 13. The Read, Write & RePete team members serve as literacy sponsors at the Library space on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, from 6:00 - 8:00 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.
Wings of Hope
Writing Center consultants visit the Wings of Hope Family Crisis Services shelter to work on literacy with the children living in the shelter and to assist mothers with the job search process including applications, resumes, and cover letters. The Writing Center also designates one consultant to the area of grant research for Wings of Hope in order to expand the impact that OSU writing consultants have at Wings of Hope and provide a greater range of writing skills and services.
Led by the OSU Writing Center.
The Oklahoma State University Museum of Art advances creativity, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement through exhibitions and programs. Through exposure to original art, the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art will be a dynamic, innovative center of learning by providing a laboratory for creative thinking, interdisciplinary perspectives, and participatory experiences for all people. Activity/workshop goals are to transform the inspiration you find in visual art into the written word. Peruse the paintings, sculptures, and other works of art, then come together with other guests to write a poem, story, letter – there are no rules in art, and no rules in writing!