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Teacher, Founder of Stepping Stones Together ,and Educational Entrepreneur

Demina, You are doing such a

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Demina,
You are doing such a great job mentoring parents in how to partner literacy in Pre-K. I think we will see some pretty big changes after the Presidential address where early literacy and the4 year old Pre-K years were emphasized as a right of all American citizens. The more we model that books are rewards for reading and not the task to earn a prize the behavioral response to reading being a chore will end. As teachers we need to do some of the modeling as you stated but more importantly this has to come from the home to become internalized by children. Parents need to read in front of their children for pleasure. I would encourage you (if asked :)) what do do to encourage pre-literacy that they point out literacy experientially around them whenever they are out and about- making literacy relevant to them as something they need to learn and do to grow. Also encourage parents to read to children during playdates, at the table during breakfast-dinner, gifting books as presents as well as giveaways for birthday parties. When we change the way kids see/experience and interacting with literacy and books they will become important to our kids.
Erika

Teacher, Founder of Stepping Stones Together ,and Educational Entrepreneur

Kate, Research suggests your

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Kate,
Research suggests your comments are exactly right. However, the modeling of these behaviors is the cherry on the top. Showing we act on what we say engages children on a new level that just might make the difference in motivating them into seeing literacy as powerful, opportunistic, and a lifelong enjoyment. Just my experience with the process as a parent, teacher, and reader.
Erika

Daycare Head Teacher

Parental involvement is so

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Parental involvement is so very important in a student's academic success. Parents that model reading at home will more likely have a child that will find reading to be a natural part of their daily routine. As a mother of four I love to read for enjoyment and also for school. All of my children have picked up this skill and going to buy new books is just as exciting as going to Chucky Cheese. Many times If my children are quite they are somewhere in the house with a good book reading. At work I see just the opposite from the preschool students that are instructed to complete so many minutes of independent reading. Most of the students act like reading is such a horrible thing and they would rather be in any area in the classroom besides the literacy area. Many of the studnets say they do not have books at home, or read with their parents. As a head teacher I have tried to speak with parents about taking their children to the library and I have also given students books as school prizes and gifts. Many of the parents seem so uninterested or will just agree that reading is a good thing to do but they do not do it. What are your suggestions for strategies to get parents more invovled at the daycare level?

Generally children do better

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Generally children do better when parents organize the home to
encourage children’s literacy and language development.

Teacher, Founder of Stepping Stones Together ,and Educational Entrepreneur

Hi PD!Parent involvement are

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Hi PD!
Parent involvement are a strong predictor of academic success. We need to hook them into the learning process and partnering with their child's school early in schools. There are many studies out there that share when parents are given skill based solutions to help their child with early literacy skills the results are successful.
Saracho, O. (2002). Family literacy: Exploring family practices. Early Child Development and Care, 172(2), 113-122.
Literacy development is dependent on specific family interactions. When parents and child interact with literacy the experience is enriched and meaningful using a variety of interactions and contexts. This happens inside and outside the home. Studies on family involvement in early literacy focus on positive family involvement with both books in the home and knowledge of literacy.
I'd love to help you with your program. Please feel free to email me at eburton@steppingstonestogether.com

Teacher, Founder of Stepping Stones Together ,and Educational Entrepreneur

Hi Nikkie! My program,

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Hi Nikkie!
My program, Stepping Stones Together, would be effective for parents to learn beginning English skills along with their child learning pre-emergent literacy skills. Grandparents, caregivers, and loved ones are all amazing loving substitutes for helping a child learn to read. When a family (extended too) puts an emphasis on taking ownership for beginning learning the whole family dedicates themselves to academic achievement and goal setting for the future.
Erika

Teacher, Founder of Stepping Stones Together ,and Educational Entrepreneur

Sara, Your school seems very

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Sara,
Your school seems very prepared and proactive to assist children/parent teams in academic success! You should feel proud :).
Parents need a bag of tricks to help their children. As every great educator knows, there is not a one program fits all solution but many will provide you with more opportunities to get your child the help they need.
Erika

Teacher, Founder of Stepping Stones Together ,and Educational Entrepreneur

Kindergarten teacher, Thanks

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Kindergarten teacher,
Thanks for your response! I'd love for you to share Stepping Stones Together with your parent community as we can only help parents with tactile resources they can immediately use and feel comfortable using with their children.
Erika

Kindergarten Teacher

I completely agree with

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I completely agree with parental involvement in early literacy. It is especially important for students to be "ready" with the necessary skills required for kindergarten. Most of our students have not been in preschool and are not yet equipped to tackle kindergarten. However, the students are registered and are attending kindergarten. In any case, it is vital to extend learning beyond school walls.

Great topic! Parent

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Great topic! Parent involvement is lacking at my Title I school. I really like the strategies you listed for early literacy. I also think reviewing parts of a book with the child (title, author, illustrator, contents, etc.) would be beneficial as well! There are many parents who do not feel confident in using various strategies to help their child academically. My school has a family reading and math night every month to model certain strategies for parents. I believe there needs to be more opportunities for parents to receive training on how to help their child academically at home.

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