ERIC Number: ED229733
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan-31
Reference Count: 0
Parent Involvement in the Primary Reading Curriculum: One Approach.
Erwin, Barbara K.; Mangano, Nancy
The Bryan Independent School District (Texas) has implemented a primary grade parent involvement program based on a home-partnership model and a contract of cooperation between the parents and schools. By signing the contract, the parents agree to (1) listen to their child read 15 minutes three days a week; (2) read a story a day to their child; (3) three times a week, read a book or magazine of their choice for 15 minutes while their child reads something of interest; and (4) conduct the activities sent home in folders each week. At the same time, the teachers agree to assist each student in his or her acquisition of reading skills, send the folders home each week, respond to parental concerns and questions, and send home supplementary books to be used during the reading periods at home. The folders contain a sight word list, independent activities, and parent directed lessons. This package is accompanied by a weekly newsletter from the teacher that informs parents of the skills and activities that the students are engaged in that week. Both teachers and parents have responded positively to the program, and, after the first year, both groups noted that the students had developed a positive attitude toward reading. Appendixes include examples of activities in the folders, teacher responses to the parent involvement questionnaire, and parent responses to the parent questionnaire. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Regional Conference of the International Reading Association (9th, San Antonio, TX, January 29-31, 1981). Some appendix material is marginally legible.