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Parent Literacy Night

TEN TIPS FOR PARENTS1. Talk to your child. Ask your child to talk about his day at school. Encourage him to explain something they did, or a game he played during recess.2. Say silly tongue twisters. Sing songs, read rhyming books, and say silly tongue twisters. These help kids become sensitive to the sounds in words.3. Read it and experience it. Connect what your child reads with what happens in life. If reading a book about animals, relate it to your last trip to the zoo.4. Use your child's name. Point out the link between letters and sounds. Say, "John, the word jump begins with the same sound as your name. John, jump. And they both begin with the same letter, J."5. Play with puppets. Play language games with puppets. Have the puppet say, "My name is Mark. I like words that rhyme with my name. Does park rhyme with Mark? Does ball rhyme with Mark?"6. Trace and say letters. Have your child use a finger to trace a letter while saying the letter's sound. Do this on paper, in sand, or on a plate of sugar.7. Write it down. Have paper and pencils available for your child to use for writing. Working together, write a sentence or two about something special. Encourage her to use the letters and sounds she's learning about in school.8. Play sound games. Practice blending sounds into words. Ask "Can you guess what this word is? m - o - p." Hold each sound longer than normal.9. Read it again and again. Go ahead and read your child's favorite book for the 100th time! As you read, pause and ask your child about what is going on in the book.10. Talk about letters and sounds. Help your child learn the names of the letters and the sounds the letters make. Turn it into a game! "I'm thinking of a letter and it makes the sound mmmmmm."

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Parent Literacy Night

A List of Culturally Diverse Books............................................................................Cisneros, S. (1994). Hairs / pelitos. Illustrated by Terry Ybànez. New York, NY: Knopf Books. 32 pages. Ages 3-7. Diakité, P. (2006). I lost my tooth in Africa. Illustrated by Baba Wagué Diakité. New York, NY: Scholastic, Inc. 32 pages. Ages 4-7.Greenfield, E. (1978). Honey, I love, and other poems. Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon. New York, NY: HarperCollins. Harjo, J. (2000). The good luck cat. Illustrated by Paul Lee. Boston, MA: Harcourt Publishing. 32 pages. Ages 4-7.Look, L. (2006). Uncle peter's amazing chinese wedding. Illustrated by Yumi Heo. New York, NY: Antheneum Books. 32 pages. Ages 3-7.Messenger, C., & Katz, S. (2007). When the shadbush blooms. Illustrated by David Kanietakeron Fadden. New York, NY: Tricycle Press. 32 pages. Ages 4-8.Pinkney, S. (2000). Shades of black: A celebration of our children. Illustrated by Miles Pinkney. New York, NY: Scholastic, Inc. 28 pages. Ages 3-11.Taffola, C. (2009). What can you do with paleta?. Illustrated by Magaly Morales. New York, NY: Tricycle Press. 32 pages. Ages 3-6.Vyner, T. (2002). World team. (U. S. Edition). New York, NY: Roaring Brook Press. 32 pages. Ages 4-9.Waboose, J. B. (1998). Morning on the lake. Illustrated by Karen Reczuch. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press. 32 pages. Ages 5-8.

Reading at home is crucial in the development of a child. In the article written by Jenna DeLuca, The Importance of Reading at Home: A Look at Its Influence on a Child, she gives four reasons of why reading at home is so very important:1. Children need positive role models for reading in their home. The most significant factor in determining a child’s success in reading is the parents’ attitudes about reading. If a child sees the importance of reading in their home through their parents’ actions, it will most likely transfer to their own life. (DeLuca, 2009)2. Reading at home aids children in developing important skills and habits that will lead them to success in school and in life. When reading out loud to a child, they will be able to develop knowledge about language, context, sentence structure, grammar, syntax, and other components of language. Also, reading to a child promotes the value of education and knowledge in a child. (DeLuca, 2009)3. Reading at home encourages a special bond between the child and parent. This bond can be from sharing thoughts on the story, as well as teach the child about their feelings, lessons, and beliefs. (DeLuca, 2009)4. Reading at home allows children to practice what they learned at school at home. Parents can help provide one on one instruction with their child. In this time children can be free to ask as many questions without feeling like a nuisance. Reading with a parent also allows them to explore what is being taught in class in a more in-depth manner, and gain the maximum potential of knowledge. (DeLuca, 2009)

The Importance of Literacy

An adaptive list of appropriate literacy-based technology resourcesKidspiration -- The visual way to explore and understand words, numbers and concepts. Helps children:• Develop strong thinking skills• Strengthen reading and writing skills• Build conceptual understanding in mathReaders Theater -- An efficient and effective way to present literature in dramatic form. • Creating interest and skills in reading• Repeated readings bring fluency• Performing stories based on another culture is one of the best ways for students to become familiar with a culture.YAHOO! Kids -- A safe way for children of all ages to learn through exploration. • Get homework help• Learn about science• Explore an encyclopedia• Look up words• Ask questionsRead.write.think -- An online literacy learning with interactive tools that help students accomplish a variety of goals. • Letter recognition• Elements of the writing process• Organizing and summarizingePaLs -- Safely connect with classrooms around the world for collaborative, project-based learning. • Blogs• Wikis• EmailsInternational Children’s Digital Library -- Support the world in becoming effective members of the global community-who exhibit respect for diverse cultures and languages. • Books published in over 16 different languages• Books of different languages for all ages

ELL Interactive Reading Activity

Writing ConnectionsWriting Style Errors -- Teach Choice, Point of View, Tone and MoodA voice is a personality that shapes the way the text communicates. The reader will be able to understand the “who knows what” and from what perspective they are reading. Identifying the mood will enable the reader to see how the plot and characters shape the feeling of the writing.Inference Categories -- Teach Inferences Reading and writing is interpretive. Readers draw logical conclusions from textual clues provided by the author. Writers suggest rather than state certain ideas or actions to build interest.Evidence -- Problem Solving Strategies The writer needs to clearly state the basic problem of the story and how that problem leads to conflict. The writer must also deal with this conflict and resolve it to the reader’s satisfaction.KWHL -- Teach Prior Knowledge What people already know is must of reading and writing. The content knowledge is just as important as skill acquisition to read and write well. Make sure the prior knowledge is relevant and not inaccurate.Interactive Reading -- Teach Sensory Descriptions Writers make meaning through sensory experiences. A reader tries to feel what characters feel. They also try to visualize the settings.


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