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Family Literacy Night

Discusses what is literacy and ways parents can help at home. Feedback between home and school

A. Kouimtzis

on 17 January 2016

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Transcript of Family Literacy Night

Family Literacy - The Home School Connection
What can you do as a family?
In schools, talk is sometimes valued and sometimes avoided, but – and this is surprising – talk is rarely taught. . . . Yet talk, like reading and writing, is a major motor – I could even say the major motor – of intellectual development.”

(McCormick Calkins, Teaching the Art of Reading, 2001)
The road to reading: talk, read aloud, play and experience. What you can do to help reading along. Talk to your child, read to and with your child, write with your child - allow your child to play on their own. Provide open ended toys, books, writing paper, writing tools. The everyday experiences and activities you engage in together will prepare them for the reading process.
The purpose of this presentation is to show you how you can help to enhance children's interest in literacy.
Parent involvement in children's education has long been recognized as an important element in effective schooling (Epstein, 1983; Delgado-Gaitan, 1991).
Parent Involvement

Presented to you by
Angela Kouimtzis
Grade 1 Teacher
Deer Park Public School
Young children don’t need to be rewarded to learn… the desire to learn is natural. ...And as nearly every parent of a preschooler or kindergartner will attest, they play with words and numbers and ideas, asking questions ceaselessly, with as truly intrinsic a motivation as can be imagined. Alfie Kohn

Why is "literacy" important?
Literacy begins with the development of language and involves how we communicate in society. Literacy is about social practices and relationships, about knowledge, language, and culture. Those who are able to communicate using literacy skills and language might take it for granted - but those who cannot use these skills may feel excluded in today's world.
Research shows that oral language has a foundational role in the development of reading and writing. The foundations of oral language development are laid from infancy into early childhood (first non-verbally and then verbally) and this is where children begin the journey towards understanding how language works in the spoken form.
What does "literacy" mean?
We are told in the guide "Helping Your Child With Reading and Writing" that when considering "literacy" we are considering the idea that "literacy" is:
more than the ability to read materials in print
the ability to read and write, to listen and speak to others, to view and to represent ideas and images in various media.
the ability to think critically while reading, writing, listening and speaking to others ("critical literacy" is a way of thinking critically with a focus on questions of fairness, equity and social justice)
Reading is a complex system by which the brain translates the symbols of letters and words seen by the eye into sounds and sentences that can be heard in speech.
What is the best thing you can do to help your child learn to read? Talk. Children build their understanding of words and vocabularies as they interact and talk with others.
How do experiences outside of school help children with reading? Children need personal experiences to understand their world. These experiences help youngsters to make sense of what they read. Children need to be exposed to areas they are interested in though science, history, geography, math and all kinds of stories from an early age to give them a context for understanding what they read.
Reading = Experiences
Ten read-aloud commandments

Mem Fox’s Ten Read Aloud Commandments

1. Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud.
2. Read at least three stories a day: it may be the same story three times. Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read.
3. Read aloud with animation. Listen to your own voice and don’t be dull, or flat, or boring. Hang loose and be loud, have fun and laugh a lot.
4. Read with joy and enjoyment: real enjoyment for yourself and great joy for the listeners.
5. Read the stories that the kids love, over and over and over again, and always read in the same ‘tune’ for each book: i.e. with the same intonations on each page, each time.
6. Let children hear lots of language by talking to them constantly about the pictures, or anything else connected to the book; or sing any old song that you can remember; or say nursery rhymes in a bouncy way; or be noisy together doing clapping games.
7. Look for rhyme, rhythm or repetition in books for young children, and make sure the books are really short.
8. Play games with the things that you and the child can see on the page, such as letting kids finish rhymes, and finding the letters that start the child’s name and yours, remembering that it’s never work, it’s always a fabulous game.
9. Never ever teach reading, or get tense around books.
10. Please read aloud every day, mums and dads, because you just love being with your child, not because it’s the right thing to do.
Writing, like speaking is a form of communication. Like reading children must learn to break the code of the symbolic form of the written language so that their writing communications are understood by their reader. Here children learn that you may communicate with an audience that is not present.
Read to Write..
What is writing? Although writing is based on the spoken word it is unlike speaking. The reader is often not in the presence of the author. The author cannot (as when speaking) correct or give further information to enhance understanding. Therefore, writing, must be a more specific form of communication.
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