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ERIC Number: ED468899
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 35
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Parent Education for Supporting Literacy Development in the Early Grades.
Gnotta, Julie Palmer; Schneider, Ann
The quantity and nature of parent-child verbal interactions, reading to and with children, and the availability and use of reading materials at home are factors that influence literacy development. Since many parents of first-grade children are not taking advantage of opportunities at home to engage their children in appropriate activities to further oral language, reading and writing development, a 6-session parent reading workshop was conducted at two elementary school sites. In this workshop format a way to share information with the parents on critical research findings on issues related to emergent readers (developmental stages, how the brain works, elements of balanced literacy instruction) was developed. Appropriate strategies for teaching and scaffolding learning in each of the areas of balanced literacy were modeled. Parents had opportunities to "make and take" materials and activities to use with their children at home--a literacy toolkit. The hope was that a partnership with the first-grade parents would be built so that the literacy philosophies, strategies, and activities at home and at school are more in alignment. More frequent and open communication between parents and teacher was the aim. As the parents involved in the reading workshops become more knowledgeable and skilled in working with their first graders, they would be encouraged to volunteer time in the classroom and share their knowledge formally and informally with other parents. Results indicated: (1) parents demonstrated a heightened awareness of their role in supporting their child's literacy development; (2) they engaged their children in a wider variety of quality literacy activities at home; (3) parent/teacher communication was strengthened; and (4) parents shifted to a more balanced viewpoint about reading. Appended are a home reading log and a parent reading survey. (Contains 16 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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