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  • 1. Home/School Partnership Kimberly Ralph READ 6421 640
  • 2. Partnerships
    • Pickett (2004) defines partnership as having a common interest.
    • Our common interest is educating the children.
  • 3. Teachers Need Parents
    • If parents are involved in their children’s education, the children are more successful in school(Meyer & Mann, 2006).
    • Parent involvement is a strong indicator of academic achievement (Meyer & Mann, 2006).
  • 4. What Can Teachers Do?
    • Two examples of how teachers and parents can work together are:
    • 1. Home Visits
    • 2. Home Reading Programs
  • 5. Home Visits
    • 1. Can be helpful in establishing connections between the home and school.
    • 2. Helps teachers understand a child’s family better (Meyer & Mann, 2006).
    • 3. Establishes a teacher/parent relationship on a positive note from the beginning of the school year.
  • 6. The Power of Home Visits
    • In Meyer & Mann (2006) regarding the benefits of home visits, teachers expressed the following:
    • Home visits helped improve his/her relationship with the parent and child.
    • Overall communication with parents improved.
    • Seeing the home environment helped him/her understand the children and their behavior better.
  • 7. Take-Home Literacy Programs
    • Key Components of a successful early reading program:
    • 1.Fluency
    • 2.Word Decoding
  • 8. Take-Home Literacy Programs
    • Even when these components are present in the instructional program, sometimes children need more time than can allotted in the course of the school day.
    • The home is the most logical area for expansion of a literacy program(Padak & Rasinski, 2006).
  • 9. Characteristics of a Successful Take-Home Literacy Program
    • Create activities that are fun and easy to follow. Keep the involvement time to 10-15 minutes.
    • Provide a means of documentation for easy monitoring.
    • Provide authentic reading texts (rhymes, poems and jokes) and follow the “read to, read with, and listen to children” pattern.
    • Train parents and provide ongoing support. (Padak & Rasinski, 2006)
  • 10. Fast Start
    • Fast Start (FS) is a take-home literacy program for primary students.
    • Parents work with a reading passage each day.
    • FS follows the “read to, read with and listen to children” format.
    • Parent and child work on phonemic awareness or word study.
    • (Padak & Rasinski, 2006)
  • 11. Bringing it All Together
    • Parents and teachers share a common interest.
    • Both want to help children be successful in school.
    • Working together can help teachers and parents achieve that goal.
  • 12. References
    • Pickett, J.P. (Ed.) (2004). The American Heritage Dictionary . (4 th ed., 616). New York: Bantam Dell.
    • Meyer, J.A. & Mann, M.B. (2006). Teachers’ perceptions of the benefits of home visits for early elementary children. Early Childhood Education Journal , 34 (1), 93-97.
  • 13. References
    • Padak, N. & Rasinski, T. (2006). Home- school partnerships in literacy education: From rhetoric to reality. The Reading Teacher , 60 , 292-296.