A presentation I created for a master's class that stresses the importance of students' reading in and out of school and the relationships they can build with themselves, their parents and their teachers.
Teacher work very hard during the academic year to improve their student’s reading skills. Teachers can work together with parents to further improve their students’ reading skills by reading and doing literacy activities outside of school. Parent involvement can also maintain motivation and encouragement for positive student achievement.
Students can achieve academic success when they have strong literacy and comprehension skills. One way of developing stronger skills is to act from the phrase “practice makes perfect”. Students who constantly practice their skills and exercise their minds will become better in their reading and writing. Cognitive skills are essential for reading and writing success. The strengthening of these skills results in a wide range of improved critical language and reading skills such as phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, decoding, working memory, syntax, grammar, and other skills necessary to learn how to read or to become a better reader.
In the home, students will not feel the pressure or intimidation of the process of learning how to read and write as they might feel in the classroom. When working with parents who are supportive, students can learn at their own pace in a comfortable learning environment. Competition is less likely to be present when students work with their parents.
Each activity focuses on a specific skill that students can build upon and improve. Parents can make up games and activities or they can turn a classic game like Chutes and Ladders into a literacy activity by altering the rules to fit the areas of literacy a student needs to work on. Research shows that students who engage in more hands-on activities will benefit greatly as they are directly involved in their learning.
There are many things parents can do to help their children improve their reading skills. Activities at home can keep students focused on an academic goal that has the ability to catapult them into educational success. When students are learning things in the home with parents, they are also building their confidence when they are in the classroom through practice at home.
The ideas are endless. Parents can be creative in working with their child at home.
Activities can be simple and challenging correlating to the content students are learning in school.
Learning can be fun and creative. A child can practice their reading and writing while doing every day things…sometimes they may not even know they are practicing which is sometimes a better way for students to improve. Parents, give students a task to read or write something, and then explain the benefits of their activity afterwards. I have done this with students and sometimes they look at me like I am crazy, but there are those moments, when they look up and smile because they realized I tricked them into learning and they liked that I did that. :0)
Parents are the first examples for children. They introduce children to new things, new learning and help them grow and develop into independent, successful individuals. The commitment parents make to their children is a valuable undertaking.
Building relationships is very important when it comes to student academic success. Relationships among parents, teachers and students are the base of an educational foundation. Everyone involved needs to understand their role and their value. Education does not just involve students. It involves everyone who wants to help students reach their full potential. Through encouragement and motivation, students perform at their best abilities utilizing the skills they develop.
Teachers can let families know how they can be helpful and can ask for their assistance with specific activities. Parents can participate by preparing classroom materials, serving on a committee to select classroom equipment and materials, or sharing information about their careers or hobbies. The more involved parents are in what goes on in the classroom, the more likely they are to understand the teacher’s goals and practices. Parents’ viewpoints should be considered in making decisions about their children’s schooling. Programs can open options for families to become involved individually and collectively in making decisions about goals and standards for their children. Communicate to parents at the beginning of the school year or semester about school policies and services. Inform them about classroom goals and give a few examples of what the children will be learning. When meeting with family members, create a comfortable environment in which parents feel free to share information, ask questions, and make recommendations. Point out the projects that involved their child and share information in a way that encourages respectful two-way communication. Be careful not to make assumptions about a family member’s level of knowledge, understanding, or interest. Schedule an adequate amount of time for the conference so that parents do not feel rushed.
Children spend approximately 5 to 7 hours a day with a teacher for almost 10 months. A teacher and student who have the qualities of good communications, respect in a classroom, and show interest in teaching from the point of view of the teacher and learning from a student will establish a positive relationship in the classroom. The key is, teachers need to continuously monitor the student in order for him or her to be aware of any difficulties the student is having. The more the teacher connects or communicates with his or her students, the more likely they will be able to help students learn at a high level and accomplish quickly. When teachers take the time to interact with their students, they are taking the time to get to know them which can serve as a basis for a relationship between students and teachers. Students can learn that their teacher shows interest in their education and wants them to do well. Students always remember the teacher who went out of their way to help them. Teachers who put forth the effort and possess qualities that help students along their educational journey are never forgotten. As a teacher myself, I still turn to Mrs. Reed-Shelton for advice and guidance because she was the teacher that made the most difference in my life and exposed me to the world and who I could be in that world.
These concluding statement pretty much say it all. Education is something that does not happen over night. It is a process by which children learn, try, grow, make mistakes and find out how to use their skills. Students build their skills every minute of every day. It is vital that parents are aware of this and they help their children along in this process. As much as parents should remain involved in their student’s life, they are not alone. Teachers are there to support them and their children. Parents play a key part in their child’s education. The more involved parents become, the more success their child will see in school and in life.
Teaching children how to read and write by making reading fun and incorporating reading and writing into games around the house can build their skills and improve their literacy and comprehension.
Blast Off Into Literacy How Parents Can Help Improve Their Child’s Reading and Writing
Healthy Brains Learn Better <ul><li>Reading interventions strengthens brain processing and literacy skills to increase reading proficiency in students of all ages. </li></ul><ul><li>Parents can engage students in literacy and comprehension activities that improve and develop memory, attention, processing rate and sequencing- cognitive skills essential for academic success. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Achieving literacy proves to be a difficult task for some students. With this challenge in mind, a collaborated and compiled series of unique activities to aid students with improving literacy and proficiency skills has been created. More specifically, the following activities motivate students to engage in enjoyable, low-pressure exercises in a relaxed environment. These very innovative activities are suited for every child at various levels of literacy. </li></ul>
Here are some activities you can work on with your child: <ul><li>Word Bingo: For students to practice phonics, Word Bingo is an activity that can be played. Bingo boards are distributed in which students have to copy down words seen on a projector or another piece of paper. The words will be covered called out by the by parents in true BINGO fashion. In this activity the words called out contain consonant blends. When student fills a line across, down or up they win. </li></ul><ul><li>Chutes and Ladders: This activity involved student(s) using flashcards that show consonant blends. Students must say all the words on a flashcard correctly before they can take a spin on the wheel to advance on the traditional chutes and ladder’s board. </li></ul><ul><li>Alpha Tracing: Parent and student can sit next to each other. Parent will introduce a letter of the alphabet by saying some words that begin with that letter, pronounce the sound of the letter and use the words in a sentence. Parent will then trace the letter in the air with the student using their index finger. Student will follow this by tracing a print out copy of the letter and pronouncing the sound of the letter to parent. </li></ul>
That’s not all… <ul><li>Mix and Match: Student(s) will be presented with various letters and be asked to form words with those letters. Once a word is formed, student will have to pronounce words to learn their sounds. Parents can write down the created words to put them on flashcards. Flashcards will be used to review the words and sounds with the student. </li></ul><ul><li>Name that Vowel: On a worksheet, students will be presented with words that are missing their vowels. Student will have to sound out words to find the missing vowel. When the word is correctly made, student will pronounce the word out loud. </li></ul><ul><li>Pitch It Up: Using a xylophone (similar instrument), student will hear a low sound and a high sound. Student will have to determine which pitch of sound they heard by holding up a red card for a high sound or a green card for a low sound. A series of 10 sounds will be given. </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling Bee: Student(s) will have time to review a list of words. After review, parents can pronounce a word from the list that student have to repeat and spell out loud or write down on the board or on a piece of paper. </li></ul>
Wait there’s some more…. <ul><li>Word Stretcher: Letters will be set in front of student. Student has five minutes to create/write down as many words as they can. Parents can then review and pronounce the words with the student. </li></ul><ul><li>Star Pics: Parents can show student four pictures at a time. Parents then pronounce a word that represents one of the pictures. Student has to pick the correct picture associated with the word. </li></ul><ul><li>Stellar Stories: Student will be read a story. When the story is complete, parents can ask student questions based on the story to test how much they remember. </li></ul><ul><li>Echo Reaching: Parent can read a short story or poem. Upon completion, student will read the same passage out loud to practice fluency and dictation. </li></ul>
Your child will love these! <ul><li>Mimicking Sound: To exercise auditory skills, student will be asked to identify sound patterns they hear using a xylophone or appropriate instrument. The patterns of sound are: High/High; High/Low; Low/High; Low/Low. Students will use their index finger to point out the directions of sound to mimic the pattern they hear. </li></ul><ul><li>Scribble Wizard: Parent can read a short passage and student will have to write down all they remember from that passage. Parent can then review notes with student. </li></ul><ul><li>Long Vowels: Student will be given a picture to color. Sections of the pictures will have words written in them containing a long vowel sound. Students will have to color in the sections using a color key that associates a color with a specific vowel. </li></ul><ul><li>Sentence Sensation: Students will pick a topic of their choice. They will take an allotted time to write down three to five sentences about that topic. When they are finished, they must read their sentences out loud to their parent. Parent will review sentences with student and check spelling of each word and sentence formation. </li></ul>
More Creative and Simple ways to improve your child’s reading and writing: <ul><li>Let your child write your grocery list. </li></ul><ul><li>Read with your child for twenty minutes each night. </li></ul><ul><li>Let your child write and tell you a story. </li></ul><ul><li>Take regular trips to the Library. </li></ul><ul><li>Play Hide and Go Seek Words </li></ul>
<ul><li>Parents are their children's first teacher and a positive influence in the importance of education. </li></ul><ul><li>Parents can show their children their commitment to education by active involvement. </li></ul><ul><li>For parents, building successful relationships takes time and commitment. You work hard to support a child's success. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Parent-child, teacher-parent and teacher-student relationships are built when everyone works together towards the same goal. </li></ul>“ If you build it, they will come.” - “Field of Dreams,” 1989
Parent-Child Relationships <ul><li>The parent-child relationship consists of a combination of behaviors, feelings, and expectations that are unique to a particular parent and a particular child. The relationship involves the full extent of a child's development. </li></ul><ul><li>Of the many different relationships people form over the course of the life span, the relationship between parent and child is among the most important. The quality of the parent-child relationship is affected by how much effort a parent is willing to contribute to their child. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.healthofchildren.com/P/Parent-Child-Relationships.html#ixzz0RZ2axKWb </li></ul>
Teacher-Parent Relationships <ul><li>In the effort to connect schools with parents, educators can: </li></ul><ul><li>Involve parents in classroom activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Give parents a voice in decisions. </li></ul><ul><li>Plan ahead for parent/teacher conferences. </li></ul><ul><li>Foster good communication during parent/teacher conferences. </li></ul>Family and school represent the primary environments in which young children grow and develop, and good schools value parental involvement. The foundation for good parent-teacher relationships is frequent and open communication, mutual respect and a clear understanding of what is best for each individual child. http:// www.naeyc.org/families/PT
Teacher-Student Relationships <ul><li>The teacher-student relationship is very important for children. </li></ul><ul><li>The communication between the student and the teacher serves as a connection between the two, which provides a better atmosphere for a classroom environment. </li></ul><ul><li>When teachers interact with students, they are able to learn more </li></ul><ul><li>about their students. </li></ul><ul><li>Students remember their favorite teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.csun.edu/~acc50786/Education.html </li></ul>
<ul><li>Everyone knows about the importance of getting educated. Education makes people easy to lead, difficult to drive, easy to govern, impossible to enslave. Now days, it is almost impossible to find a child who has not been to school. While educating your child, remember that education is not an event… </li></ul>
<ul><li>it is a process , </li></ul><ul><li>a continuing process . </li></ul>
Success depends on you! <ul><li>Make reading fun </li></ul><ul><li>Be creative </li></ul><ul><li>Be consistent </li></ul><ul><li>Be involved </li></ul><ul><li>Parents, you will love the time you share with your child and your child will always remember and appreciate you for that! </li></ul>
<ul><li>Thank you very much for your time, active involvement and support. </li></ul><ul><li>I look forward to working with you during the school year! </li></ul><ul><li>Reference: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.healthofchildren.com/P/Parent-Child-Relationships.html#ixzz0RZ2axKWb </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.naeyc.org/families/PT </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.csun.edu/~acc50786/Education.html </li></ul>