ARI's Spring Break Literacy Fun

Family Literacy Activities

Our Mission

The Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI) is a statewide K-3 initiative committed to supporting the development of high-quality instruction that will prepare all students with the literacy skills needed to meet or exceed grade-level standards. The goal of the ARI is to significantly improve reading instruction and ultimately achieve 100% literacy among public school students.

Spring Break Literacy Fun

The Alabama Reading Initiative is excited to share literacy activities with families. Take a look at these exciting literacy activities to keep your child engaged during Spring Break!

Literacy Scavenger Hunt

Literacy Scavenger Hunt

Work together as a family to complete the Literacy Scavenger Hunt. Help us participate in this literacy adventure with you via social media. While participating in these fun literacy activities, take pictures to document the fun you are having and post them on social media using the hashtag #SpringBreakLiteracyFunwithARI. Enjoy!

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SHORT'S mission is to spread literacy-rich, community-oriented, enjoyable content to our youngest citizens. When SHORT isn't at the courtroom or in a waiting room visiting with Alabama's youngest citizens, he might be outside of his treehouse eating a picnic, tossing paper airplanes, or finding his next favorite book in the library. Find out more about SHORT: Literacy for Children - Short the Squirrel
SHORT on the Delta!

Eat a Yummy Snack While You Read

Spring time is the perfect time to read a good book with a yummy snack. We recommend The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We have included an animated reading of the book if you are unable to get your hands on a copy of the book. We are also including a simple recipe for ants on a log. Access the recipe here:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Animated Film

Dance Party Time

Let's get up and move during our break. Check out Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees. After you read the book, turn on your favorite music and show off your best dance moves. Dance parties are always a hit! We have included a video of the read aloud below if you do not have a copy of the book.
Giraffes Can't Dance | Kids Books Read Aloud

Additional Resources

Resources - Alabama Partnership for Children

The APC has compiled resources surrounding a FOCUS (Focus On Children Under Six) topic for all organizations that request the information for distribution in local communities. It is our hope that the FOCUS resources will provide more attention to birth-to-five topics statewide.

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The following link contains recommended books, videos, articles, and websites that provide information relating to reading and writing, dyslexia, giftedness, ADHD, twice-exceptional, and movement.

Storyline Online - Home

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy®-nominated and award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online®, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Viola Davis, Jaime Camil, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Betty White, Wanda Sykes, and dozens more. As you watch the videos, we recommend that you pause the video to discuss what the story is about or respond to the actors' comments.

The Alabama Family Central has been a goal for several years from the creation of the Department of Children’s Affairs in 2001 through the priorities of the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet in recent years. As a single platform for families to access services and programs, its purpose is to help families easily navigate and find links to support their needs. State agency partners include Departments of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, Early Childhood Education, Education, Human Resources, Medicaid, Mental Health, Public Health, Rehabilitation Services/Early Intervention, with support from the Office of Information Technology.

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The information included in this document is done from the perspective of improving LITERACY instruction for students and is only intended to outline support that directly relates to literacy instruction. Please use any resource links with discretion, as their position statements are their own and not necessarily representative of ARI and the ALSDE. Usage of any materials should be with adherence to rules and regulations of the Alabama State Department of Education.