Engaging Families: Connecting Home and School Literacy Communities

Engaging Families: Connecting Home and School Literacy Communities

by Jobeth Allen, Betty Shockley, Barbara Michalove, Donald H Graves
     
 

ISBN-10: 0435088459

ISBN-13: 9780435088453

Pub. Date: 04/17/1995

Publisher: Heinemann

After four years of studying "the students [they] worried about most," Betty Shockley, Barbara Michalove, and JoBeth Allen began to consider the importance of children's literacy experiences outside of school. While their students talked regularly about home literacy events, there was no real link between home and school: no way to learn what families valued

Overview

After four years of studying "the students [they] worried about most," Betty Shockley, Barbara Michalove, and JoBeth Allen began to consider the importance of children's literacy experiences outside of school. While their students talked regularly about home literacy events, there was no real link between home and school: no way to learn what families valued and practiced, no way to communicate how their children were becoming literate in school.

Engaging Families details how these teachers and the students' families developed respected partnerships in the teaching/learning process. The authors share what they learned about creating an extended literacy community, identifying the primary themes in literacy development and suggesting parallel practices to reinforce them. But Engaging Families is not a prescriptive text, it is a description of one particular effort, featuring actual voices of children and parents.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780435088453
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
04/17/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
162
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 10 Years

Table of Contents

Focus on Relationships

Respecting and Learning from Families

Partners in Literacy: Home and School

Creating Parallel Practices

Family Portraits

Adrian: The Moral of the Story

Lakendra: ". . . and as always we were pleased"

Cathy: A Book Buddy

Literacy Connections

Family-Teacher Connections

Family-Child Connections

Children-Teacher Connections

Reader-Book Connections

Issues of Policy and Practice

Partnerships, Not Programs

Questions and Answers and More Questions Appendixes: A. Dennis's Family Reading Journal B. Studying the Extended Research Community: Research Process

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