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1 Making a Strong Home-School Connection: Supporting Literacy at Home

2 In school… Children read everyday And they can read everyday at home too!! Children write everyday And they can write everyday at home too!! Children are read to everyday And they could be read to everyday at home too! Children talk everyday And they can talk everyday at home too!!

3 Workshop Structure: Minilesson (explicit teaching and practice) Independent Reading or Writing Students read/write alone, meet with partnerships Teacher confers, gathers small groups Partnerships Teaching Share

4 Reading in School Independent Reading: Children read on their own (just right books) Read Aloud: Teacher reads to children Shared Reading: Teacher and children read together Partner Reading: Children read to and with other children

5 As Readers We Work On… Reading identity and purpose Reading habits Making time and space; planning Decoding strategies Fluent reading Thinking about what we read; building ideas Sharing with others



8 Writing in School Independent Writing: Children write on their own (topics, ideas) Shared Writing: Teacher and children write together (teacher holds the pen, children think and talk) Interactive Writing: Children and teacher compose together (work on sentence structure, spelling, punctuation)

9 As Writers We Work On… Developing personal ideas and topics Writing Process – generate, plan, draft, revise, edit Purpose, Structure and Focus, Development, Voice, Word Choice, Conventions Stages of Writing Development




13 Cambournes Conditions for Literacy Learning Immersion – Be a part of it. Demonstration – Watch. Engagement – Try it out! Expectation – You can! Responsibility – How will…? Approximation – Great try! Use – Lets do it! Response – Im with you!

14 Immersion Children need to be surrounded by interesting, high-quality childrens books and different kinds of text (e.g. charts, labels, newspapers, magazines). Read aloud every day. Sing to them. Play word games with them. Use movement and dance to generate engagement in language, literacy, and stories.

15 Demonstration Model reading and writing for children. Let them see you writing notes, letters, stories, recipes, and lists. Make sure they notice you reading to yourself, for pleasure, for information, for directions, and for other purposes. Show them how to hold a book, turn the pages, and read aloud.

16 Engagement Help children become active learners who see themselves as potential readers and writers. Set up a risk-free environment so they can experiment with language and literacy. Provide easy access to paper, pencils, crayons, markers, books, and other literacy materials.

17 Expectation Set realistic expectations for language and literacy development. Become familiar with the developmental stages of emergent literacy, and support children in appropriate tasks. Expect that they will become accomplished readers and writers in their own time.

18 Responsibility Give children choices about books to read. Set up the environment to promote self- direction. Provide easy access to books and literacy materials on low shelves and in baskets and show children how to take care of them.

19 Approximation Accept childrens mistakes when they are learning to talk, read, and write. Congratulate them on their accomplishments. Guide them gently into accuracy and soon they will begin to self-correct.

20 Use Create a climate for functional and meaningful uses of oral and written language. Encourage children to read along with you; help you write notes, letters, and lists. Engage in lots of conversations.

21 Response Listen to children. Welcome their comments and questions. Help them extend their use of oral and written language. Celebrate the enormous language and literacy learning that is occurring daily!

22 Thank You!

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