Tyler ISD is focused on creating successful student outcomes and a key method in doing so is improving early literacy skills. And now, there is a sweet, new way parents can cuddle up with their children while practicing reading skills at the same time; it’s called “Sweet Dreams Sundays.”
Sweet Dreams Sundays is a video read-along lead by Tyler ISD administrators, principals and staff who read a designated book of the week to the audience in a bedtime story setting. There are plans for 40 episodes to be taped and aired every Sunday until the end of school, even during the holiday weeks. Stories are read in both English and Spanish with the English version airing via YouTube at 7 p.m. and the Spanish version airing at 7:30 p.m. every Sunday evening.
“We wanted to connect school with home in our efforts to build early literacy skills across the District,” Stacy Pineda, director of PK-5 Literacy, said. “We began brainstorming ways to accomplish this and the idea for Sweet Dreams Sundays was born. It’s been a positive way to spotlight literacy and the love and joy for reading.”
Parents are also enjoying the new program, as one said they download them on Sunday and their child listens to them all week. Another parent said that Sweet Dreams Sundays gives her a reason to snuggle up with her child for the read aloud.
To find the link for each week’s story, search #SweetDreamsSundays on Twitter or visit https://youtube.com/tisdtv.