Home-School Partnerships Getting parents involved with Writing instruction… In order for families to be active participants in school life, they must feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff and to what their child(ren) are doing in school (Padak & Rasinski, 2010).
Benefits of Home-School Partnerships
Higher teacher morale
Increased communication among parents, teachers, and school leaders
More parent involvement in supporting teaching and learning
More community support for the school
Greater student success
PTA National Standards for Family–School Partnerships (PTA,2009)
Reading and writing are in tandem with one another. A student becomes a better reader by writing and vise versa (Rasinski & Padak, 2009).
Types of Family Writing:
Special event books
What can parents do to help at home?
Parents make lists for many reasons
Lists help remember things
Lists help get things done
Children can make a list daily and in the evenings it can be used for a reflection with the child and parent.
What types of lists can students/children generate?
Parents write notes to remind themselves to get something done.
Parents can encourage their child to take notes.
Children can write notes to family members, reminders to themselves, or to jot down observations of things they do in their daily lives (writing workshop).
Using a spiral notebook can keep track of these notes.
These notes can help children for writing lengthier writing pieces at school.
Journals and Diaries
Journals and diaries are more formal than notes and are often written in regularly at a specific time during the day.
Journaling summarizes or reflects upon the events of the day.
Journaling leads to a deeper understanding of one’s life.
Parents can model how to make a journal entry.
Dialogue journals are written conversations between a parent and a child.
A journal or notebook is used to record the conversation.
The parent writes in the notebook to ask the child a question, give or take advice, or to provide answer.
These journals are wonderful ways to develop a deeper relationship between the parent and child.
Birthday and Special Event Books
Blank books that family members and other guests to these events sign
Family members and guests may write a thought, memory, or special wish in this book.
The book becomes a keepsake and gift for the child.
Families can create and share parodies.
Song and poems for children can be used as the model text and used to create the parent or child’s own version.
Not only can you write parodies together, but you can act them out as well.
For examples see: http://www.josiespoems.webeden.co.uk/#/parody/4535834259
Let’s Write a Parody
Work with your table to create your
own parody to Humpty Dumpty
Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet Eating a Big Mac and fries Along came a spider and sat down beside her 'Yuck', it said, 'I prefer flies'.
Example from http://www.funny-poems.co.uk/kids/animal-poetry/a02-little.asp
Letters and E-mails Written communication had been an important way for families to communicate throughout history. Children can write or e-mail family members such as grandparents, cousins or other family members who may not live in the same household.
Tips to Share with Parents
The writing had to be authentic.
Mechanics should not play a vital role in family
Children need to have these writing
experiences on a regular basis.
Use a variety of materials for writing.
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