Learning at Home, PreK-3: Homework Activities That Engage Children and Families

Learning at Home, PreK-3: Homework Activities That Engage Children and Families

by Ann C. Barbour
     
 

Create a strong home-school connection through family activities that extend learning!

Because families play a critical role in helping young children develop a strong academic foundation and a love of learning, teachers need to involve caregivers as partners in education and extend learning to the home environment. Learning at Home, PreK–3 helps

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Overview

Create a strong home-school connection through family activities that extend learning!

Because families play a critical role in helping young children develop a strong academic foundation and a love of learning, teachers need to involve caregivers as partners in education and extend learning to the home environment. Learning at Home, PreK–3 helps teachers plan developmentally appropriate, creative homework activities that encourage positive learning experiences and reinforce important home-school connections.

Packed with hundreds of engaging and interesting activities, this resource expands the concept of what constitutes homework and family involvement. Focused mainly on social interactions within the family, these playful, fun activities:

  • Relate directly to children's own experiences
  • Employ concrete, easily accessible materials
  • Include shared reading experiences, family projects, and games
  • Integrate developmental and content areas, including language and literacy, mathematics, science, and the creative arts
  • Promote literacy learning in homes where English is not the primary language

These tools and strategies help teachers reach out to families and reinforce learning both in school and at home, ensuring that all students have the chance to achieve and become lifelong learners.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412963282
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Pages:
191
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Ann C. Barbour is professor emerita of early childhood education at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). A former preschool and elementary teacher, she has over 30 years’ experience in the field of early education. At CSULA, she teaches courses in best practices and trends and issues in early education, the role of play in learning, and school-family partnerships. She has coauthored two books: Prop Box Play: 50 Themes to Inspire Dramatic Play and Portfolio Assessment: A Handbook for Preschool and Elementary Teachers, as well as numerous articles on early childhood education.

Barbour has worked with teachers, district administrators, parent representatives, and her own students in learning-at-home projects based on materials children take home from school. She also helped develop the Peabody Award-winning television series, A Place of Our Own and Los Niños en Su Casa, and was content advisor for each of the 325 episodes produced in English and in Spanish. These series are designed to help parents and caregivers nurture the development and enrich the learning experiences of preschool-age children. They are broadcast daily on public television stations throughout the nation.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
About the Author
Introduction
1. What We Know About Children’s Learning
Learning Principles
Early Learning Practices
2. Involving Families
Family Involvement Matters
Making Connections
Why Families Don't Get Involved
Teachers' and Parents' Viewpoints and Expectations
A Multidimensional View of Family Involvement
The Importance of Home-Culture Connections
What Works
3. What About Homework?
Benefits and Drawbacks
Trends and Issues
Responding to Challenges
Promising Practices
The Bottom Line
4. Encouraging Learning at Home
What to Consider
How to Make It Happen
5. Language and Literacy Kits
Writing Suitcase
Backpack Buddies
Puppet Packet
Rhythm and Rhyme
On the Road
Friends and Neighbors
All in a Day
Opposites
I Love Spiders!
Sharing Stories
Then and Now: African American History
Family Pictures / Cuadros de Familia
What's in a Name?
Legends
Grandparents
Yum! Yum!
Fact or Fiction
6. Mathematics and Science Kits
Count Up and Count Down
Treasure Box Math
Measurement and Me
Patterns and Symmetry Everywhere
Time and Time Again
Tangrams
Numbers Make Sense
Big Numbers
Fractions Are Fun
It All Adds Up!
Adventure Backpack
Amazing Magnets
My Five Senses
Weather
Shapes and Shadows
Sink and Float
Shells
Trees
Birds
Insects and Bugs
The Night Sky
7. Creative Arts Kits
The Music in Me
Let's Pretend
Dance!
Something Beautiful
Color My World
Let's Get Physical
My Crayons Talk
Twisting and Turning
Imagination Creations
Jolly Junk
Fiesta!
Artists Everywhere!
8. More Learning Activities: No Materials Required
75 Family Activities
Family Fieldtrips
9. Family Projects
Time Capsule
Our Family Cube
Timeline
All About Me
Family Calendar
Class Cookbook
100-Item Creation
Neighborhood Map
Here's Where I Live
Milk Carton Creations
Recycled Junk Sculpture
Word Rings
Mystery Bag
Family Decorate and Dress-Up Projects
Resources
Family Survey
Sample Family Letter 1
Sample Family Letter 2
Sample Literacy Bag Agreement
Poetry Award Cards Sample 1
Poetry Award Cards Sample 2
Neighborhood Walk Game
Making Progress Game
Road to Freedom Game
Cake Walk / Endureza la Caminata Board Game
Calendar Template
Family Recipe Form
Grand-Person or Grandparent Interview Questions
Tangram Pattern
Bar Graph Template
Bird Puzzle
Online Resources
References

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