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The Power of Connection: Engaging Parents in Student Literacy

Presentation ideas for Literacy conference

Ludmila Smirnova

on 9 December 2013

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Transcript of The Power of Connection: Engaging Parents in Student Literacy

The Road Map To Literacy Success!
While watching T.V. at home, ask your child to ...
Reading Comprehension
In this presentation we will explore various ways to support your child's literacy development at home.

"When parents are involved in their children's education at home, they do better in school. And when parents are involved in school, children go farther in school and the schools they go to are better." -A New Generation of Evidence: The Family is Critical to Student Achievement.
(Henderson & Berla, 1994)
Spend time everyday reading with your child.
When you read aloud use voices and read with expression. This will not only model good reading for your child but it will help them "paint" a picture in their mind and comprehend the text better.
Read books with rhymes and play language games, such as tongue twisters and puzzles.
Set aside time for reading alone or together as a family every day. Read a wide variety of materials, such as books, magazines, signs, and labels, with and to children.
Visit libraries and bookstores frequently and encourage children to check out materials.
The area should be an area that is quiet and well lit. Stock the "writing center" with supplies such as paper, pencils and crayons. You can also gather family photos and magazines in the center that can be used as story starters.
Provide authentic writing opportunities
Be a writing role model
Ask Questions
Provide a place for your child to write
Have your child write his own thank-you notes, party invitations and letters to family. Let your child make the grocery list. Finding a pen pal for your child would make writing "real." Helping children make the connection between writing and the "real" world will increase an interest in writing.
Always ask your child questions when he writes. Ask specific questions about your child's writing such as: "How did that happen?" "How did that make you feel?" "Can you tell me more about that...?" "What are some other words you could use to describe...?"
Make sure your child sees you as a writer. Point out times that you use writing to communicate with others. Discuss authentic writing in the community such as articles and letters in the newspaper, on billboards or in written advertisements. Discuss the purpose of the writing and the target audience.
Model fluent reading and tell your child to listen to how you read the story.
Encourage children to listen to music and watch TV shows in English to help improve vocabulary.
Be patient and listen as your child reads books from school. Let your child know you are proud of his or her reading.
Have conversations with your child!
"As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher. When parents and families are involved in their children's schools, the children do better and have better feelings about going to school. In fact, many studies show that child achieve more in school when their families place an importance on education. Try some of the strategies outlined tonight and help your child have a successful academic year."
Destination: Literacy!
It's through hearing parents and family members talk and through responding to that talk that young children begin to pick up the language skills and vocabulary they will need if they are to do well.
Think of talking with your child as being like a tennis game with words — instead of a ball — bouncing back and forth. Find time to talk any place.
Talk anywhere and everywhere
If you are more comfortable with Spanish, then please read to your child in Spanish. This will not delay his or her learning of English.
When watching TV, try turning on the closed captioning. This shows the words the characters are speaking on the television screen. Some people find it's a good way to learn English!
predict what is going to happen next in the show (and give evidence)

summarize what has happened in a show
identify the main idea
describe the main characters (and the supporting characters, too!)
describe the setting of the show
Credit to: Brittanny O'Meara
Use Interactive Technology
* Record a story
* Read a Story using iPad App
* Narrate a Story
* Draw and tell a story with Tellagami
* Connect pictures with the text
* Create a video with Free tools
Create a story using a map
* Play literacy games
and Activities
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