Literacy taught at home should be different from literacy taught at school. It should be fun and relaxed and should feel good for both parent and child. This philosophy can also apply to older children who have started school. Depending on the child, more formal teaching methods can be applied at home as well, but only if it is enjoyable for the child, and only as a supplement to the more informal “teaching” that occurs. We want our children to see that literacy is an integral part of their world and does not only exist in the pages of a workbook.
Parent workshop & discussion
Welcome, Kindergarten Parents! Parent Literacy Orientation Wednesday, October 3, 2012 Classroom Teachers: Jacky Cowled Krista Plank Zehra Hafeez Laura Howard Joanne Chang ESL Support: Ms. Anissa Eglington CMC: Ms. Pat Hallinan
Today’s Itinerary:• 8:30-8:40 Welcome and introductions• 8:40- 8:55 First rotation• 8:55-9:10 Second rotation• 9:10-9:25 Third rotation• 9:25-9:30 Concluding words
“We absolutely must not attempt to teach our children formally before they start school. For parents to teachtheir own preschool children is the last straw. Teaching is the flip side of what works. Teaching before school kills the fun. Preschool children like their parents to beparents, not teachers. The roles are quite different, and it’s precisely the laid-back, hang-loose let’s-have-fun, relaxed-and-comfortable role of a parent that is so powerful in helping children first to love reading and then be able to read themselves.” Mem Fox, Reading Magic
Literacy Rotations (15 minutes each): Literacy Through Play Supporting Literacy at Reading Logs Home English as a Second Language CMC Ms. Krista and Ms. Zehra Ms. Joanne and Ms. Jacky, Ms. Anissa, and Ms. Howard Ms. Pat Conference Room Lounge Area Guidance Area 1 2 3When you hear the triangle, please proceed to the next rotation area:Conference Room Lounge Area Guidance Area Conference Room
Parent Literacy Orientation:How to Support Your Child’s Literacy at Home Presented by Joanne Chang and Laura Howard October 3, 2012
Read Aloud to Your Child• Make physical closeness a part of the experience• Reading aloud should be fun and enjoyable!• Choose topics that you think will interest your child and that your child will be able to understand• You can begin reading aloud starting at birth…or even before!
Teach strategies to figure out words..• Read title and first page for child.• Encourage child to use the pictures for help.• Use finger to point across each word.• Is this word the same as the word on the other page?• You’re right! That is a carpet. That makes sense, but uh-oh, I see an “r” at the beginning of this word. What word means the same as carpet but starts with “r”?• Emphasize that reading should make sense.
“It’s crucial for us to continue to keep in mind…thatwe’re not teaching when we’re enriching a readaloud experience. We’re playing and having a goodtime. Pressure on the child is absolutely forbidden.We won’t be allowing phrases such as, ‘No, no!That’s wrong! Don’t be so silly!’ to slip from ourcareless lips. Tension or anxiety should neverinterfere with the reading-learning equation. Losingthe joy means losing the usefulness…All gains arelost when tension curdles the relationship.” - Mem Fox, Reading Magic